Grape Varietal: 100% Grenache
Growing Region: McLaren Vale, Australia
Chief Winemaker: Michael Fragos

The Chapel Hill winery is built on the hill-top site of the historic Seaview Chapel. The original Chapel was built in 1865 and is now their charming tasting room. The estates first vines were planted in 1972, with the first vintage in 1975. The winery and character filled wines are now under the guidance of winemakers Michael Fragos and Bryn Richards. Where they produce hand-crafted wines with varietal purity, a sense of place and elegant balance. 

 

This outstanding Grenache was crafted from old bush vines. These old low yielding vines crop small berries, with thick skins and open bunches which produce vibrant fruit flavours with a subtle earthy texture. The ripe parcels were picked in waves throughout March, with the fruit being sourced from a selection of old bush vines which were planted in 1926, 1952 and 1958. These fragile, low yielding bush vines keep Rachel Steers their head viticulturist and local authority on the regions terroir, on her toes.
As the small hand-picked fruit parcels arrived into the winery, the grapes were handled gently to ensure that the unique site and varietal characters were retained and respectfully expressed. Each parcel was fermented separately in open fermenters for 10 - 12 days with a slow and gentle extraction. A basket press was used, where the free run and pressing fractions were combined. The wine was then racked with partial suspended sediment into aged French oak hogsheads to encourage complexity, mouth feel and tannin integration whilst still preserving varietal purity. The wine was aged for 19 months in 100% French oak, in a mix of 2 to 5-year-old 500 litre puncheons.
To ensure they preserved fruit purity and layers of character, the wine was un-fined, and bottled unfiltered. With its engaging aromas, vibrant flavours, earthy textures, spicy undertones this wine perfectly captures the spirit of McLaren Vale’s winemaking heritage.
In the glass, you will be greeted by a deep red colour with a purple-crimson edge. On the nose it has wild ripe berries like mulberries, along with black cherries and subtle dried herbs.
The resulting palate from its time in mixed aged French oak and not being heavily fined and filtered, has a medium to full body with a smooth mouth feel with seamless tannins and oak. The generous and engaging vibrant fruit flavours with the perfectly entwined fine tannins produce a wine with real charm and defined character and an elegant lingering finish.
This 2014 Chapel Hill 'Bush Vine' Grenache has 14.5% Alc. If opened in the next 12-18 months decanter for 35-45 minutes and serve in a generous shaped glass at 16-17°C. 

A generous ‘McLaren Vale’ Grenache with authentic character.

CELLARING POTENTIAL:
Drinking well this coming season; though will repay and age nicely for another 5-7 years. 

FOOD PAIRING SUGGESTIONS:
Perfect wine with bbq’d, grilled or roasted pork with a cherry sauce, lamb cutlets, duck breast, varied earthy pasta and rich vegetarian dishes and mild aged cheeses - enjoy.