2009 Arete Chatterbox Shiraz

This isn’t the most recent release of the Chatterbox but winemaker Richard Bate kindly sent it to me along with the 2010 (which has already been reviewed here). It’s a nice wine – well priced, bright and friendly. The grapes are mainly sourced from Koonunga and the warmth of the vintage has concentrated the fruit flavour and imparted a sweet and slightly confected edge. I prefer this year’s model but I’d be happy to drink either.

A very expressive nose of red currants and berries, dried flowers, toast and licorice. It’s nearing full bodied but a limpid personality ensures a high degree of drinkability. French oak is tastefully applied and there’s a welcome amount of smudgy tannin. Very much open for business and pleasure. Good

Region: Barossa Valley
Alcohol: 14.1%
Closure: Screwcap
Price: $20
Tasted: December 2011


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