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  • Decanting time

    45min
  • When to drink

    2020-2025
  • Food Pairing

    Lamb

The Story

The estate's wines are piously crafted to showcase the attractive and distinctive attributes of superfine Cabernet Sauvignon. Sourcing fruit from well managed vineyards ensures consistency, as it articulates the richness and diverse flavour spectrum of all good things McLaren Vale.

Chapel Hill expresses the affability and charm of the finest McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon. With such a close proximity to the Gulf of St Vincent and the cooling afternoon sea breezes she provides, fruit ripens slowly. Flavours, colours and tannins develop slowly and to the fullest. Cabernet grapes grown here are bursting with natural fruit sugars and exhibit excellent varietal definition. The individual parcels are harvested separately and vinified on skins for a minimum of nine days. Ferments are gently managed to ensure that any astringent qualities or stalky tannins are not drawn. Matured nineten months in a selection of new and seasoned French and American 300L oak hogsheads. Alcohol 14.5%

Deep crimson colour. Aromas of intense violet, chocolates and cedar, a background of mints and turkish delight. An evocative array of flavours to the palate, brooding mulberry and aniseed, dark cherries and liquorice, chestnut and beetroot flavours all mingle harmoniously. The layered flavour profile is underpinned by a graceful and seamless integration of fruit with dusty fine grained tannin structure, all framed by sumptuous spicey oak.

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Chapel Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 / Vintage 2011 is not exactly the elephant in the room not talked of, but there is a tendency for the vintage to be written off with a broad stroke that covers all regions and producers. Following that English idiom, one must doff one's cap to the team at Chapel Hill for the considerately crafted range of reds out of the vintage. The cooler rendition of the Shiraz from McLaren Vale, the lighter touch of the Mourvédre - all are good drinking. Here to those we can add the Cabernet Sauvignon.

Cedar, creamy oak, a touch dusty with hints of red fruit. Given some time to explore, we see a little more char, toasty, black fruit and hints of dark chocolate. Medium to full bodied, tannin is fine-grained. Slight hint of chicory bitterness initially, that makes way for creamy oak.

Length is good. It's a wine that certainly grew in appeal as it settled into itself. It's a clean rendition, a touch chewy at times, something to get into. 89 - could happily go a point higher.

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 Stuart Robinson, Wine Blogger (Australia)  tasted  Cabernet Sauvignon 2011  ( Chapel Hill Winery )

Chapel Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 / Vintage 2011 is not exactly the elephant in the room not talked of, but there is a tendency for the vintage to be written off with a broad stroke that covers all regions and producers. Following that English idiom, one must doff one's cap to the team at Chapel Hill for the considerately crafted range of reds out of the vintage. The cooler rendition of the Shiraz from McLaren Vale, the lighter touch of the Mourvédre - all are good drinking. Here to those we can add the Cabernet Sauvignon.

Cedar, creamy oak, a touch dusty with hints of red fruit. Given some time to explore, we see a little more char, toasty, black fruit and hints of dark chocolate. Medium to full bodied, tannin is fine-grained. Slight hint of chicory bitterness initially, that makes way for creamy oak.

Length is good. It's a wine that certainly grew in appeal as it settled into itself. It's a clean rendition, a touch chewy at times, something to get into. 89 - could happily go a point higher.

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