Chris Hill Reserve McLaren Vale Sangiovese 2014 (12 x 750mL) McLaren Vale

Classic old-world charm combined with rich, contemporary flavours make this wine a “must have” for the cellar. Sangiovese is the prized red variety of Tuscany’s “super” regions. In McLaren Vale it is producing wines of great length and complexity with ripe fruit and gripping tannin structure. This “Reserve” release has the benefit of four years cellar maturation before bottling. It is elegant and sophisticated with mouth filling flavour and exotic bouquet. It’s a wine for special occasions.

Overview

Classic old-world charm combined with rich, contemporary flavours make this wine a “must have” for the cellar. Sangiovese is the prized red variety of Tuscany’s “super” regions. In McLaren Vale it is producing wines of great length and complexity with ripe fruit and gripping tannin structure. This “Reserve” release has the benefit of four years cellar maturation before bottling. It is elegant and sophisticated with mouth filling flavour and exotic bouquet. It’s a wine for special occasions.

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

Winery Tasting Notes

Colour - The colour is medium to deep burgundy red with subtle mahogany notes and brick red edges reflecting its maturity.

Aroma - The initial bouquet jumps out of the glass with lovely savoury notes of olive tapenade, Mediterranean herbs and remnants of ripe blackcurrant. There’s subtle hints of seasoned oak, violet petals and rich earthy mushrooms lifted by sweet alcohol.

Palate - On entry there’s brandied plums and blackcurrants which quickly builds intensity with black olives, roast coffee and licorice spice. The mid palate is full and robust with solid tannins and rich savoury flavours. The finish is long and dry with earthy smoky characters adding depth and texture. It’s an assertive wine with plenty of weight and mouthfeel yet the overall impression is friendly, warm and inviting. It combines the best of old-world charm with contemporary McLaren Vale lift and vibrance.

Food Matching - Lasagne, meatballs and spaghetti Bolognese are obvious choices. Sangiovese is universally food friendly and will be perfectly matched with barbequed lamb, chargrilled vegetables and slow cooked casseroles. It’s an all-round winner from a simple entrée plate of salami and olives to the end of the evening with tasty cheese and crackers.

Cellaring Potential - This is a wine which already has four and half year’s cellar maturation. It is drinking nicely now and will continue to deliver a wonderful drinking experience for another eight plus years if cellared carefully.