Producer: Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill Winery in McLaren Vale was built on the site of the Seaview Chapel and schoolhouse. The 1865 ironstone Chapel still proudly stands today and is an integral feature of the tasting room. Planting of the vineyard commenced in 1972 and the first vintage was in 1975.
Tasting Notes: This contemporary Aussie Chardonnay is a joy '“ as elegant as white Burgundy yet distinctly ripe and crisp. It'™s from the Kangarilla vineyard at the foot of the cool Mount Lofty ranges, hence its freshness. The vines were planted by Professor Tom Nelson in 1973 around a dilapidated stone chapel that he renovated and within which he began making wine. It remained in use until replaced in 1994 by a new 80,000 case winery. In charge today is Michael Fragos, a McLaren Vale wine evangelist of 20 years standing. Partly fermented in older oak, part in vat and part with wild yeasts, all lees aged, this is a luscious, subtle and complex, handcrafted white. It displays creamy white peach and a satisfying roundness. Serve gently chilled with chicken.
Region: McLaren Vale, South Australia
Grape Variety: Chardonnay
Alcohol percentage: 13%