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Chapel Hill Shiraz, McLaren Vale

FOOD & WINE Wine Club Chapel Hill Shiraz, McLaren Vale FOOD & WINE Wine Club Chapel Hill Shiraz, McLaren Vale
Winery Chapel Hill
Grape Syrah
Year 2010
Country Australia
Appellation McLaren Vale

$37.00 per bottle

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Australia’s McLaren Vale had a terrific vintage in 2010, meaning that its reds—like this bold Shiraz—make a great bet.
What You Need To Know
McLaren Vale was named an official Australian wine region in 1971, but this coastal zone south of Adelaide has been producing fine wine since the early 19th century. Chapel Hill Winery was founded in the 1970s by a professor from Adelaide, Tom Nelson. The property, located 10 minutes from the Gulf of St. Vincent, held an ironstone chapel built in 1865 that was converted into a small winery. Today that structure serves as the winery’s tasting room, and the estate is owned by the Schmidheinys, a family of Swiss billionaires who also own California’s Cuvaison. Chapel Hill’s respected chief winemaker (and part-time DJ) Michael Fragos fashions this Shiraz by blending fruit from McLaren Vale’s warmer and cooler zones to achieve a beautifully balanced red.
Smell It
Smell It
Ripe blackberry and eucalyptus scents.
Taste It
Taste It
Intense, spicy black plum flavors and a leafy edge.
Serve It
Serve It
Cellar temperature—the bottle should be cool to the touch.
Pair It
Pair It
Game, red meat and aged cheeses.