Chalk Hill `Sidetrack` Shiraz Grenache 2011 (12 x 750mL), McLaren Vale, SA.

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The 2011 vintage was a mild growing season. It produced wines that were medium bodied, yet full flavoured from slightly lower yields.

Blending is the key with this wine. The strong Shiraz component demanded more Grenache in 2011. The Grenache brings perfume and bright red fruits which compliment well with darker fruit flavours of the Shiraz.

SA - McLaren Vale
South Australia

Expert Reviews

In the cool 2011 vintage, McLaren Vale Shiraz-Grenache had extra elegance. This has spice, berry and plum against a chocolatey background. Ripe and smooth, with a balanced palate. Tannins are soft. (Screw cap; 14 per cent alcohol.) Ageing: Drink over three years. Food ideas: Lamb pies.

Rating 90 - Ralph Kyte Powell The Age, Melbourne

Sidetrack seemingly has boundless energy on the palate which indicates to me that we should show some restraint before opening it. However, I have a way around this conundrum - the age old and underrated method of relaxing tense wine is, of course, to decant it. Once you've performed this manoeuvre Sidetrack displays unfettered red and black fruit and some luscious licks of cinnamon and cracked pepper. Not as heavy as Jock's Shiraz, the Grenache component in this wine helps to even the palate and add complexity to the finish - Matthew Jukes

Winery Tasting Notes


Purple with red hues.


Lifted spice and red berry fruits.


Crunchy red berry fruits on the palate with savoury spice notes lingering.

Cellaring Potential

Will reward cellaring for up to 5 years.

Food Matching

Gourmet Pizza, or any red meat dish. Charcuterie platter.

SA - McLaren Vale
Grape Style
Shiraz Blends
Closure Type
Screwcap closure

Winery Profile

5 Star rated winery with James Halliday's Wine Companion.

Chalk Hill is a family owned wine company dedicated to making small batch, hand crafted wines of distinction.

The Harvey family grape growing heritage goes back six generations in South Australia, and we now have six vineyards spread across the beautiful McLaren Vale wine region. Our home vineyard was first planted in 1897 and these century old vines still bear fruit today.

The grapes in Chalk Hill wines are primarily sourced from six family-owned vineyards in the McLaren Vale district, 40 kilometres south of Adelaide in South Australia. McLaren Vale's Mediterranean type climate of cool, wet winters and warm, dry summers provides perfect growing conditions for premium grapes.Each Vineyard has a different soil type and topography, providing unique growing environments for the grapes. We take these unique factors and combine them with expert viticultural management to produce grapes of distinct character and appeal that make our wines so sought after.

It is our family commitment to make wines that reveal the unique place that is McLaren Vale, and to show our efforts from the vineyard to the bottle. To us, wine is more than just a drink, it is a reflection of our place and our life.

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