Chris Hill `Full Circle` Black Shiraz 2008 (12 x 750mL), SA.

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Overview

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Chris Hill turns “Full Circle” with a return to the winemaking styles and techniques from the early 1980’s. “Black Shiraz” was the term for wines made in the big, gutsy Australian style. They were deeply coloured, high in alcohol, tannin and oak, as opposed to the lighter style which at the time was referred to as “Red Hermitage”.

Region:
SA - Other South Australian
State:
South Australia
Country:
Australia

Winery Tasting Notes

Colour

Deep cherry red with crimson and brick hues.

Aroma

Intense mulberry and dark plum fruit is supported by a background of earthy herbs, smoky oak and licorice.

Palate

Plums and berries are obvious on entry then the palate builds with licorice, tobacco and leather overtones. An assertive wine with plump juicy tannins and spicy oak it has a background of dusty pepper and spice. Balanced and long on the finish, it has a velvety texture and chocolaty aftertaste. The wines from 2008 are now developing additional complexity from maturation with the tannins softening and the finish becoming longer and smoother.

Food Matching

This is a wine for tender, slow roast lamb shanks, thick juicy steaks or rich pasta dishes. It has full Shiraz berry flavours with dusty oak and earthy, mineral characters. The long dry finish makes it ideal with soft ripe cheese and water crackers after a meal.

Cellaring Potential

Now over 5 years old, this sumptuous wine is rewarding drinking and will continue to gently mature for another 5 years.

Vintage
2008
Region
SA - Other South Australian
Grape Style
Shiraz / Syrah
Closure Type
Screwcap closure
Alcohol
14.1%

Winery Profile

During vintage 2008, which was extremely hot, I was inspired to turn “Full Circle” and rediscover some of the techniques and styles from my earliest experiences of winemaking in the Barossa. Fruit was coming into the winery extremely ripe with high sugar levels and quite warm which lead to quick fermentation with wild yeast and low colour extraction. The resulting wines have lighter body weight but significantly more texture and complexity. Using older barrels has allowed the wines to integrate slowly and build a concentrated structure for longevity.

The wines have had extended barrel maturation and although minimal filtration has been applied they will only develop a very fine sediment in bottle. They can comfortably age for many years in cellar. I hope you enjoy the journey back Full Circle with my selection of traditional Australian styles.

My first winemaking experience was harvesting grapes in the Barossa Valley during vintage 1981. Long hot days were spent hand picking bunches of sweet, sticky Riesling, Shiraz, Cabernet, Grenache and a host of other nearly forgotten varieties. At the end of each day after the last bins were tipped into the crusher, we’d meet at the weighbridge with Peter Lehmann for a bottomless glass of robust Shiraz and an inspired conversation about the new wines and vintage developments.

After three decades my day still ends with a nice glass or two of Shiraz or maybe Chardonnay but a lot has changed over that time. From a humble cellar hand plunging skins in open concrete fermenters during the 1980’s, to debating the appropriate cooperage for Hunter Shiraz with Len Evans in the 1990’s to the corporate boardrooms of giant multinationals in the 2000’s, I’m now back to making wine as an independent negociant.

Based in the heart of McLaren Vale, I’m surrounded by wonderful old vineyards and dozens of modern wineries run by skilled and talented winemakers. The joy of being a negociant winemaker is the flexibility to be able to source grapes and make wine anywhere throughout Australia. The benefit is an unlimited resource of varieties, regions, styles and skills to craft individual batches of unique wines without constraints.

My goal is to create genuine, honest wines that showcase flavour, vitality and life. Good wine should be accessible to all and be enjoyed as part of a healthy, active lifestyle with fine food, close friends and plenty of fun. I have many favourites but I believe variety is the spice of life and I enjoy discovering new flavours and stretching the boundaries of traditional winemaking.

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