2013 Chapel Hill "The Chosen - Road Block" Shiraz McLaren Vale South Australia
Open-fermented, basket-pressed to French hogsheads (12% new) for 19 months. A very expressive fruit-laden bouquet and palate, plum to the fore, blackberry in attendance; here, too, there is excellent texture and structure to a medium-bodied shiraz with perfectly ripened flavours and integrated oak.
A single site shiraz that has a restrained nose that marries dark fruits with more savory and stony elements. The palate delivers an impressive array fo ripe dark berries sitting amid mocha, dark toasted spices and a fine tannin texture. Good depth, drink now to 2023.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Deep garnet-purple, the 2013 The Chosen Road Block Shiraz has crème de cassis and quite earthy aromas plus tar and charcoal hints and Indian spices accents. Full-bodied, the opulent palate has rounded tannins, mouth-filling black fruit and a long, earthy finish.
Winemaker's Notes: " In order to ensure that the resultant wine expresses the soul and nature of the block a minimal winemaking intervention philosophy was utilised. The grapes were gently crushed and then fermented in an open fermenter and hand plunged to facilitate subtle tannin extraction. After 10 days on skins the fermenter was basket pressed and the free run and pressing fractions were combined. The wine was then aged for 19 months in 100% tight grained French oak. The proportion of new oak was kept low to encourage the continued expression of the characters that are unique to the vineyard site. There were no additions of any fining agents or tannins and the wine was not filtered prior to bottling. The wine was aged in bottle for 6 months prior to release."