The Vicar is Chapel Hill’s flagship wine and is an annual vineyard selection of Chapel Hill’s most outstanding parcels of McLaren Vale Shiraz. This wine is intended to embody our commitment to the region, variety and to minimal intervention winemaking.
The contributing vineyards for The Vicar 2009 Shiraz were:
- Inkwell Vineyard Block 1
- Chapel Hill Road Block
We would like to congratulate and also dearly thank these growers for their relentless dedication to quality.
- SA - McLaren Vale
- South Australia
We’ve already reviewed the 2010 Vicar Shiraz but this has just arrived. Can only assume they were released out of order.
It’s a light and elegant release but it’s also seductive. A fine wine. Plum and cherry, bay leaf and a clip of spicy oak. Ripples of fine-grained tannin pretty much throughout. Delicious length. It’s not a thumper but it’s a seriously beautiful wine. Rating 95 - Drink 2015 - 2024 - Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front (FEB/2013)
Dense crimson-purple; the flagship of the Chapel Hill wines, stacked to the rafters with layer-upon-layer of blackberry, dark chocolate, oak and ripe tannins. Needs at least five years to slim down. Rating 93 - Drink by 2034 - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion (DEC/2011)
Winery Tasting Notes
The Vicar 2009 Shiraz displays charismatic layers of mulberry, roasted fennel seeds and paprika flavours, which are seamlessly interlinked by a sublime savoury texture.
The synergistic balance of the complex spice flavours, palate weight as well as the firm and generous tannin structure will ensure that the wine will develop further complexity and intrigue over the next 15 to 20 years.