Chapel Hill Wine
2010 McLaren Vale Shiraz
Australia: McLaren Vale (South)
96 Points Tyson Stelzer! 94 Points Ben Edwards! (read their reviews below)
Today’s wine should not be missed, dear Operative. If you adore incredible Shiraz as much as we do, you won’t be disappointed with today’s selection from fabled South Australia producer Chapel Hill Wines.
This wine is a big, bold, delicious bruiser of a wine, especially on opening. As it breathes, it softens, revealing additional layers of flavor and softer, more fruit-laden aromatics.
We are absolutely crazy about this deep and sexy wine and we offer it to you with our very enthusiastic recommendation.
Please note: When our supplier told us that there were only [REDACTED] cases available in the US, we scooped up every last case. This wine will sell out, so please make your purchase early.
With a look that reminded our tasting panel of blackberry pancake syrup, this wine is a deep and inky purple at the heart and magenta at the rim. When swirled, the wine shows its heft and weightiness, leaving its beautiful colors clinging to the glass wall.
Lush and lovely, with bold and extracted aromas of mixed black fruit compote, leather, cracked earth, dried hay, and subtle sage.
Flavors are concentrated, but the wine is not heavy on the palate. The wine exudes delicious flavors of pomegranate, blueberry, blackberry, wild sage, dusty bramble and a hint of eucalyptus and pencil shavings.
Bold, concentrated black fruits persist for a long time. At the very end, a subtle hint of brine adds a lovely punctuation.
Enjoy this bold wine with marinated beef kabobs with sweet onion, red peppers, and pineapple.
What the Winery Says
- Winemakers Comments
- McLaren Vale is justifiably internationally recognized as one of the most acclaimed and revered Shiraz producing regions. McLaren Vale Shiraz is resplendently opulent and seductive which a mouthfeel that treads with a unique combination of power and grace.
The 2010 vintage growing season commenced early due to warmer than average winter temperatures. Average rainfall also meant that many soils reached field capacity for the first time in three years. This provided the vines with sufficient moisture to support spring growth and to establish the required canopies. The weather during the vintage period was extremely favourable, with ripening occurring in an orderly and gradual manner.
The grapes were sourced from vines (all grown on their own roots) aged between seventeen and thirty seven years. The various vineyard parcels were harvested and open fermented separately to ensure that each parcel articulates the unique character of each vineyard site. All ferments were maintained on skins for a minimum of 8 days and then gently basket pressed, following which the free run and pressing fractions were combined.
During the subsequent twenty month maturation in fine grained French oak barrels each individual batch of barrels was racked and returned periodically to seamlessly integrate the tannins into the structure of the wine. To preserve varietal and site purity, the wine is unfined, doesn’t have any tannin additions and is bottled unfiltered.
The 2010 McLaren Vale Shiraz displays hedonistic blueberry, pimento and liquorice flavours. The harmonious integration and balance of these fruit flavours is further enhanced by the defiantly persistent and mouth filling savoury, yet firm, tannin structure.
- 100% Shiraz
- 100% McLaren Vale
- Harvest date
- 16th February to 26th February 2010
- Barrel ageing
- Matured for 20 months in 300 L oak hogsheads, of which 96% was French and 4% American.
- Oak age
- 22% new, 5% one year old, 31% two year old, 24% three year old and 18% four year old
- 6.1 g/L
- Residual sugar
- 1.67 g/L
- Bottling date
- 22nd November 2011
- Release date
- July 2012
- Michael Fragos and Bryn Richards
- Rachel Steer
- Press and Accolades
- “Chapel Hill has elevated itself one plane closer to the gods with one of the most profound $30 shirazes I’ve tasted in a long time. A monumental testament to the incredible 2010 season, this wine will age magnificently and shows every sign of going down as the finest Chapel Hill McLaren Vale Shiraz yet. It’s all black, from its extremely dark, vibrant purple hue to the characteristic black plum and black olive aromas of McLaren Vale shiraz, even alluring nuances of game, charcuterie and coal steam. The palate presents remarkable depth of black fruits, liquorice and layers of character at a level rarely witnessed outside McLaren Vale’s most revered prestige cuvees. This grand parade of black is something to behold, yet never brash or loud, always precise and lively, intricately framed in a deep-set, rigid chassis of firm, finely poised tannins.” – 96 Points Tyson Stelzer
“Dark colour, with a densely packed bouquet of black fruits, bitter chocolate, fruitcake and blackberry all in balance with well-handled oak; the palate is concentrated and fresh, medium-bodied and generous; approachable as a young wine, with plenty of time in the tank.” – 94 Points Ben Edwards for James Hallidays Wine Companion
About the Winery
Chapel Hill winery takes its name from the historic ironstone chapel built on the property in 1865. It has served as a local church, then parish school and now, our graceful cellar door and art gallery, focused on promoting the work of talented local contemporary and indigenous artists.
Originally the Christian Bible Church for the local area then later also used as a parish school; the chapel closed in its centenary year (1965) and fell into disrepair until its restoration in the 1970s by Adelaide Professor, Tom Nelson. Tom commenced the establishment of a winery and the Chapel Hill brand in 1973 and six years later the site was purchased by a partnership of the Sellick and Gerrard families who enjoyed considerable success in developing the Chapel Hill wines. Gerrard bought out the Sellick family in the 80’s. A new winery was constructed in 1994 with a capacity of 1000 tonnes the equivalent of around 80,000 cases of wine. In 2000 Chapel Hill was acquired by the Swiss based family of Thomas Schmidheiny.
Chapel Hill owns and operates 44 hectares of vineyards and purchases fruit from a select group of McLaren Vale and Adelaide Hills vignerons.
Winemaker Bryn Richards
Bryn joined the Chapel Hill team in 2006, bringing a wealth of diverse experience to the blending bench. Kiwi born, English bred and now a true blue Aussie, he has worked vintages in many different regions around the world. Working with Michael Fragos during the 1999 vintage at Tatachilla Winery he was smitten by the wines and lifestyle of McLaren.
He is an advocate of ‘Passive Winemaking’, an approach he believes delivers wines with great balance and drinkability.