Once again, I’ll remark on how well Chapel Hill’s reds from the 2011 vintage have fared. This is a lighter, brighter and more savoury expression of Mourvèdre than we saw in 2009 and 2010 but it is physiologically ripe and very appealing in its own way.
A creamy overlay to the vital acidity with plenty of blueberry, black raspberry and plum flavour. Pepper takes precedence over Asian spice but there’s plenty of both to go round. Around the mid-palate the primary fruits take a back seat to brown leaf, teriyaki beef, nuts and bitter chocolate. There’s a hell of a lot going on actually. Tannins are grippy and ferrous although it does taper a bit on that bitter finish. A bit over medium-bodied and dangerously easy to drink. 89
Region: McLaren Vale
Tasted: July 2013