Shiraz McLaren Vale South Australia
Chapel Hill is built around an historic stone church, so it's entirely appropriate that the estate's flagship wine be named The Vicar. More wine Vicar? A McLaren Vale icon which has previously claimed the prestigious Australia Trophy and twice collected Silver at the London International. The Vicar embodies true excellence, is only released in the best years and has only ever attended seven times in the history of Chapel Hill. Some vintages can be a smart assemblage of noble varietals, others might be fashioned from outstanding parcels of Shiraz.
The Vicar's complexity and richness, almost of biblical proportions, combine with superfine tannins, eternal in length. Shiraz is sourced from mature, low yielding vines. Fruit from Trembath Vineyard's Front Block and Inkwell Vineyard, Blocks 1 & 2. Lots are separately harvested and vinified in open fermenters to ensure each articulates the unique character of source. All ferments remain on skins a minimum of ten days before nineteen months ageing in a selection of new and prior use French and American 300 litres oak hogsheads. Barrels are racked and returned periodically throughout the maturation, to seamlessly integrate tannins and ensure that minimal filtration or fining is required before bottling. Alcohol 14.5%
A vibrant, deep crimson colour. The nose shows black fruits and fleshy berries without oak dominance. Layers of opulent mulberry, roasted fennel seed, liquorice and mocha flavours are seamlessly interlinked by sublime savoury textures. A synergistic balance of palate weight, tannin extract and acidity, exhibiting harmony, richness and complexity.