2013 Chapel Hill "The Chosen - Road Block" Shiraz McLaren Vale South Australia

SKU #1283591 95 points James Halliday

 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.

93 points James Suckling

 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.

93 points 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.

K&L Notes

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."

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Varietal:

Shiraz/Syrah

- One of France's noblest black grape varieties, Syrah is known for its intense and distinctive perfume reminiscent of briar fruit, tar, spice and black pepper and its firm structure. One of few black grape varietals frequently vinified on its own, the best examples of Syrah come from the Northern Rhône, particularly Hermitage, but also Côte-Rôtie, Cornas, Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph. These wines are very astringent in their youth, though some Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph can be enjoyed young, relatively speaking. Given the requisite patience, though, these wines can reveal amazing complexity and secondary fruit characteristics like plum and blackcurrant as well as subtle hints of smoke and flowers. In the Southern Rhône, Syrah is used to add structure and complexity to wines dominated by Grenache and complemented by Mourvèdre, like the more immediately drinkable Côte du Rhônes, as well as the long-lived wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. In recent years, plantings of Syrah have spread throughout the Languedoc-Roussillon where it is produced on its own or blended with other varietals. Outside of France, the most important Syrah growing country is easily Australia, where it is called Shiraz. Quality levels here depend greatly on yields and geography, and the wines range from bold, fruity and easy-drinking to intense and ageable, like the famed Penfolds Grange. Often bottled on its own, in Australia Syrah is also can be blended with Grenache and Mourvèdre, as in the Southern Rhône, and is increasingly combined with Cabernet Sauvignon. Syrah has also been steadily increasing in popularity in California, thanks to a group of advocates called the Rhône Rangers. Its most successful iterations come from the Central and Sonoma Coasts, where winemakers are pushing boundaries and creating some incredible wines. In recent years Syrah has also found a number of proponents in Washington State, which is definitely a region to watch for this variety.
Country:

Australia

- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great wine regions are in the southeastern area of the continent, including Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia; Yarra Yarra Valley and Pyrenees in Victoria; and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from the land Down Under, where Riesling also enjoys international acclaim. While many equate Aussie wines with “value,” there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world. View a list of bestselling items from Australia.
Sub-Region:

South Australia

Specific Appellation:

McLaren Vale

Alcohol Content (%): 14.5