Chapel Hill The Parson Shiraz 2011

In bottle tastier than flesh...

Just found myself a scrap of a tasting note for one of Chapel Hill’s “entry” level or Foundation Range. A little remiss of me to not get the note posted sooner.

Deep plush purple. Full McLaren Vale varietal nose with smoke, iodine, mint slice biscuits and lashings and lashings of rich deep plum.

Dangerously easy on the first sip. Soft and round and plush with lots of ripe and rich plums and deep red fruits. Juicy. French Oak is the masterstroke here. If this had been done in overt new American Oak it would detract, but the French gives a cultured weave over the more forward drinking, slightly opulent style.

I’ve often sung praises of Michael Fragos and Bryn Richards in the winery….but the more the consistency (there’s that word again) I keep seeing across the range, the more I have to consider a triumvirate for the leads at Chapel Hill, and that means adding in viticulturist Rachel Steer. It seems that the hard work is all but done by the time the fruit gets through into the press, so well done Rachel and thank you.

Keep it up!

Would be perfect with a roasted one...

Would be perfect with a roasted one…

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