Chapel Hill Winery
2017 'The Parson' McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon
Australia: McLaren Vale
We’re pretty, pretty, prettay fired up about this mammoth Cabernet deal. Just $17 per bottle. One 93 point score. THREE 91-point ratings. Over 50% OFF. BRING IT ON!
McLaren Vale wines are something uniquely special. They stand out from other Aussie wines in terms of aromatics, mouthfeel and flavor profile. They’re big, Big, BIGGER…. but always very pleasing, without any of the brashness often associated with wines from other ‘big wine’ regions. Chapel Hill Winery, in Australia’s McLaren Vale (less than 26 miles from Adelaide) is one of Australia’s finest. Their practice of gentle, patient winemaking gives their wines a hand-made feel. Their respect and care for their vineyards are legendary. And every Chapel Hill wine we’ve ever tasted has knocked our socks off.
The reviews called this an “exceptional value” and a wine that “delivers bang for the buck”. We’re calling it a totally shocking deal that will blow the wig clean off your Napa-Cab-loving mind. You’d pay A LOT more for this quality if it came from California’s famous Cabernet stomping grounds. It’s deep and brooding, with blackberry and blueberry jam, dark chocolate, cassis and a hint of fresh tilled earth. Sweet, chalky tannins and lively acidity carry it all through on a creamy texture and into an expansive finish.
Some people think the Easter bunny isn’t real, and that Santa Claus doesn’t exist. Everybody thinks sub-$20 Cabernet is a total myth. We’re here to set the record straight. You need this bargain in your Tuesday-night-goes-with-anything repertoire. Time to case up! Before it’s gone…
93 Points – James Halliday
“Exceptional value. The wine radiates its personality, its bouquet and blackberry and dark chocolate are brand McLaren Vale – you don’t need fruit or oak extract for a wine to be drunk from here, now or later.”
91 Points – Wine Spectator
“A dense and juicy mix of spiced plum, black licorice and black cherry flavors, with details of black pepper, apricot and sarsaparilla. Appealing for the focus and polished, velvety tannins. Drink now through 2036.”
91 Points – Wine Enthusiast
“This vintage of Chapel Hill’s Parson Cab is another solid and varietally expressive drop that delivers bang for the buck. Medium in weight, it offers up a mélange of aromas and flavors: cherries, plums, black olives, thyme, dried leaves and warm earth, all balanced by soft-edged chalky tannins, sandy texture and a lift of acidity. Drink beside a char-grilled steak or a bowl of spaghetti Bolognese.”
91 Points – James Suckling
“The blueberry and cassis cabernet fruit is framed in cedary oak and earthy nuances with a smooth, supple and creamy palate. Very approachable cabernet here. Drink now.”
Pitch black in the center with the circumference giving way to a shimmering ruby/purple.
Deep and brooding blackberry, fresh and jammy, bold currants, cherries, and peppercorns.
Surprising cut and freshness with sweet yet massive tannins, shining through lively acidity.
Long and floral with exquisite perfume, finesse, and texture, with a succulent smoothness.
This sublime and honest Cab is a match made in heaven with all cuts of grilled fine meats.
What the Winery Says
- Michael Fragos
- 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
- McLaren Vale, Australia
- 5.9 g/L
- Residual sugar
- 1.9 g/L
- Harvest date
- March 24, 2017 - April 26, 2017
- Bottling date
- May 3, 2018
- 12 months
- 100% neutral French oak