Chapel Hill Shiraz 2006

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Vintage: 2006

Producer: Chapel Hill

"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 flavor. 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. The fruit was sourced from vines aged between fifteen and forty-three years old. The various vineyard parcels were harvested and fermented separately to ensure that each parcel reflected the unique terroir 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 years old. During the oak maturation period, each individual batch of barrels was racked and returned periodically, to seamlessly integrate the tannins into the wine. A Superb ‘juicy’ flavor-filled McLaren Vale Shiraz"

Tasting Notes: Opaque black crimson color with black crimson hue. Perfumed nose of spice, plum, vanilla, confectionary, and violet. Classic McLaren Vale 'juicy' palate with flavors of blackberry, dark chocolate, plum, and spice. Very spicy back palate. Excellent weight. Fine-grained tannins, perfect balance. Very long aftertaste.

Country: Australia

Region: McLaren Vale

Grape Variety: Shiraz

Alcohol percentage: 14.5%

Size: 750ml

Style: Red

SKU: C68611


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