Chapel Hill McLaren Vale Shiraz 2001

87 points

After Byron’s post regarding a pretty poor bottle of Chapel Hill blend, I found this one on the shelf. I am not sure what the price is, since I think it was a gift. I found the wine to be very drinkable and not so overt in added acid. The nose is a bit too rich in American oak for my taste but after an hour or so it was much less pronounced. The wine itself is rather tannic without being too extracted with a long finish. It is not as big a wine as many from McLaren Vale. It didn’t have the chocolatey overtones- much more a berry-based wine with only 13.5% alcohol.

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