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Chapel Hill Cabernet Sauvignon Mclaren Vale 2008

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McLaren Vale is much underrated as a region producing great Cabernet Sauvignon, its maritime conditions modify temperatures and extends the growing season, adding complexity. One thing that is not underrated at Chapel Hill is the winemaking talent of Michael Fragos, brought to Chapel Hill from Tatachilla, he has an understanding of McLaren Vale that is quite exceptional.

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Chapel Hill Winery Pty Ltd:
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 1970’s 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 ... Read more
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 1970’s 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. Since 2006 there have been a number of significant changes within the business. Changes to vineyards, wine styles, packaging and personnel have significantly contributed to a new look Chapel Hill that is totally dedicated to producing the best possible quality range of wines that articulate the stylistic expression the region. Read less

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Vintage: 2003 02/12/2009

The Chapel Hill Cabernet Sauvignon exudes an evocative array of flavors. Brooding plum, dark cherry, liquorices and cashew flavors all mingle harmoniously in the wine. The flavor profile is underpinned by the subtle and seamless integration of the spicy oak and the sumptuous finely grained tannin structure. 100% McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon, matured 20 months in 300 L oak hogsheads, of which 86% French and 14% American. Oak age was 36% new, 27% second use, 37% third use.



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McLaren Vale is much underrated as a region producing great Cabernet Sauvignon, its maritime conditions modify temperatures and extends the growing season, adding complexity. One thing that is not underrated at Chapel Hill is the winemaking talent of Michael Fragos, brought to Chapel Hill from Tatachilla, he has an understanding of McLaren Vale that is quite exceptional.

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