Chris Hill Grenache Shiraz Mourvèdre 2008 (12x750mL), McLaren Vale, SA.

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Overview

The blending of these three varieties is a traditional Australian classic dating back to the 1950’s when they were the predominant plantings in South Australian. It’s a full, rich wine with a spicy edge.

Region:
SA - McLaren Vale
State:
South Australia
Country:
Australia

Winery Tasting Notes

Grape Varietals

Grenache 60% Shiraz 22% Mourvèdre 18%

Colour

The appearance is deep cherry red with a hint of crimson.

Aroma

The bouquet is quite intense with rose petal and anise behind blueberry and plum fruits. There’s pencil shavings and a graphite mineral character with a lifted confectionary note.

Palate

The palate is darker with cherries and ripe plums. It has a nice chewy body with anise spice, violets and a gamey earthiness ahead of a warm, dry finish. There is a noticeable alcohol lift that enhances the smooth rich flavour and is supported by solid tannins giving texture and structure.

Food Matching

This blend which draws on its Mediterranean roots is a natural match for tapas, antipasto and spicy, tomato based dishes. Try it with Italian meatballs and pasta.

Cellaring Potential

I've been making wines from these varieties for many years but this is the first release under my new label with Grenache from old McLaren Vale vines. From previous experience with this blend I’d be confident it will mature for 4- 8 years but I’ll be enjoying it over the 2 – 3 years.

Vintage
2008
Region
SA - McLaren Vale
Grape Style
Grenache Blends
Closure Type
Screwcap closure
Alcohol
14%

Winery Profile

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 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.

From an old favourite to something exotic, tantalizing and new, I hope you enjoy the journey through my selection of classic Australian wines.

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