Grape Varietal: 100% Shiraz
Growing Region: McLaren Vale, South-Australia
Senior Winemaker: Bryn Richards

If you hadn’t yet had the chance or opportunity to taste and enjoy a glass of Chapel Hill wine. Make this a focus, before you miss out and importantly, try this 2015 'McLaren Vale' Shiraz which they have produced to the high standards set by Michael Fragos (chief winemaker) and Bryn Richards (senior winemaker) at Chapel Hill. Better still, if you ever find yourself in south Australia, make your way to their winery-cellar door, something special.

 

This McLaren Vale Shiraz showcases a more seasoned and savoury side of the varietal, and complimented by lush dark fruits flavours, which transports the palate experience to a deliciously ethereal level. A ripe and generous Shiraz with a refined character.
The grapes for this wine were sourced from vines (all grown on their own roots) aged between 14-36 years of age. As the various vineyard parcels became ripe and were hand-harvested. On arrival into the winery the fruit was open fermented separately to ensure that each parcel expressed the unique character of each vineyard site. The parcel ferments remained on skins for around 8-10 days and then were gently basket pressed, where the free run and pressing fractions were combined.
The wine was then matured for 21 months, with barrel maturation in fine grained French oak (21% being new oak) - and each series of barrels were racked and returned periodically to integrate and give seamless tannins and the structure of the wine. To preserve varietal and site typicity, the wine is unfined, and was bottled unfiltered.
As you pour this wine into your glass, you will be greeted by a deep crimson colour with a purple hue. This wine has an expressive bouquet, showcasing ripe dark fruits, bitter cacao and oak spices. The palate if full and engaging, confidently and perfectly in balanced with flavours of ripe vibrant blackberries, bitter chocolate, dried spices and well-integrated oak notes are all on display.
All this richness and refined characters flow to all parts of the senses on your palate held firmly by ripe tannins on the long dry finish. Which gives this wine ideal texture, structure and strength to pair with rich cuisine and age well for a number of years
This 2015 Chapel Hill ‘McLaren Vale’ Shiraz has 14.5% Alc. Decant for 35-45 minutes, and serve in an appropriately shaped glass at 16-17°C. 

A ripe and generous McLaren Vale Shiraz with a refined character.

CELLARING POTENTIAL:
Drinking perfectly this coming season; and will mature well for another 7-8 years. 

FOOD PAIRING SUGGESTIONS:
Perfect wine pairing with bbq’d and grilled meats, kebabs, rich pasta dishes and seasoned pizza’s, Earthy vegetarian cuisine and aged hard cheeses - enjoy.