Very deep, youthful, bold purple colour. The bouquet is likewise intense and bold, concentrated and bright, with dark cherry, red plum and subtle spice flavours, the palate quite firm with a hint of bitterness in the tannins which is quite enjoyable, adding to the drying sensation at the finish. Smart wine; top value.
92 points, The Real Review (February 2020)
Victoria’s Grampians is one of Australia’s great historic wine regions. Its classic shiraz is increasingly recognised widely, with the result that many wines have recently crept up in price after being undervalued for a long time. With this in mind, Chockstone Shiraz still manages to offer good value under AUD $30. The 2018 edition is impenetrably deep and purplish, and the nose is still raw, slightly porty, and in need of bottle evolution. Jammy blackberry and mulberry fruit mix it with more savoury notes of forest earth and a suggestion of mocha. The palate has good depth and full body with some alcoholic warmth, while tannins are dry and balanced. A forceful shiraz needing time to mellow and evolve.
91 points, The Real Review (January 2020)
The deep, dark colour semaphores a wine not to be taken lightly. The bouquet emanates spiced black cherry, pepper, licorice, the black cherry also joining in on the palate. Despite its richness and complexity, the wine stays within the boundaries of medium-bodied, the lack of overt extraction or alcohol heat keys to its elegance.
95 points, Wine Companion (December 2019)
The GrampiansLocated in western Central Victoria, the Grampians was settled during the gold rush of the 1850’s. Indeed the vivid history of the gold rush is inextricably intertwined with the history of viticulture in the region. Seppelt at Great Western, one of the region’s iconic wineries was built at the end of the gold rush when scores of out-of-work prospectors excavated its extensive drives and cellars. The "drives" completed in 1932, stretch for three kilometres and provide perfect conditions for the maturation of sparkling wine, for which the region is well-known. The climate of the Grampians is Mediterranean and essentially cool with vineyards situated at elevations ranging from 240 to 350m. The region experiences long sunshine hours and low rainfall necessitating supplementary irrigation. Soils in the region range from weathered volcanic soils to sandy and red clay loams interspersed with ironstone. The region is suited to a diverse range of varietals including Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon but is best known for its crisp fruity Riesling and distinctive spicy peppery Shiraz.