Chapel Hill Shiraz 1998 (review)

83 points.

McLaren Vale, South Australia. 13.5%

Dark colour, very classic traditional aged shiraz aromas (eg leather), rather obvious added acidity. On the palate too. Rich but simple, annoying added acid flavours. Plain, and manufactured.

In the 1990s Chapel Hill was a pretty hot new brand, with Pam Dunsford the winemaker. Interesting to see how this wine has turned out, at an age that it should be drinking very well. 1998 was a very good vintage in South Australia.

Robert Parker, for all his faults, was right to criticise the excessive use of added acidity by Australian winemarkers. It is amazing that local wine critics almost never ever notice it.

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