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2006 Chapel Hill Shiraz
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- Cellar 3 - 4 years (2012-2013)
- ABV 14.5%
- Closure: Screw Cap
Chief winemaker Michael Fragos joined Chapel Hill in 2004 after a long stint at Tatachilla and had almost immediate success taking out the Wolf Blass Trophy for “Winemaker of the Year” at the London International Wine and Spirit Competition in 2007. He has since continued to reinvigorate the wines at Chapel Hill with the 2006 Shiraz being a classic example of generous, full bodied McLaren Vale Shiraz.
Vintage Conditions: After a moderately wet spring the vines displayed excellent health and balance which was ideal for the run into the 2006 vintage. This was followed by a cool, dry summer which ensured the optimum development of flavour. Ironically it appeared it was going to be a late vintage until a spell of warmer weather in late February guaranteed the smooth ripening of all varieties, resulting in wines of excellent character, depth and mouthfeel. Fruit was sourced from vines aged between fifteen and forty three years old. The various vineyardparcels were harvested and fermented separately to ensure that each parcel reflected the uniqueterrior of each vineyard site. All ferments were left on skins for a minimum of 7 days. The wines were matured for 19 months in a combination of 75% French and 25% American oak, of which 36% was new and the balance two & three year old. During the oak maturation period each individual batch of barrels was racked andreturned periodically, to seamlessly integrate the tannins into the wine.
A Superb ‘joosy’ flavour filled McLaren Vale Shiraz
Opaque black crimson colour with black crimson hue. Perfumed nose of spice, plum, vanilla, confectionary and violet. Classic McLaren Vale ‘joosy’ palate with flavours of blackberry, dark chocolate, plum and spice. Very spicy back palate. Excellent weight. Fine grained tannins, perfect balance. Very long aftertaste.
Cellar 3-4 years (2012-2013)