Chris Hill Reserve McLaren Vale GSM 2015 (12 x 750mL) McLaren Vale, SA

Description:

The combination of Grenache, Shiraz and Mataro is for me, the perfect blend. It has innumerable combinations. For this Reserve wine I’ve selected a solid backbone of ripe McLaren Flat Grenache from 100 year old vines and added small amounts of spicy Shiraz and Mataro to give a full flavoured yet elegant blend that highlights subtle oak complexity and lovely scented spice.

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Chris Hill Reserve McLaren Vale GSM 2015 (12 x 750mL) McLaren Vale, SA

Lot No: 0009-2472783 Quantity: 1
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23/05/2019 11.20 AM AEST

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The combination of Grenache, Shiraz and Mataro is for me, the perfect blend. It has innumerable combinations. For this Reserve wine I’ve selected a solid backbone of ripe McLaren Flat Grenache from 100 year old vines and added small amounts of spicy Shiraz and Mataro to give a full flavoured yet elegant blend that highlights subtle oak complexity and lovely scented spice.

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

Winery Tasting Notes

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Colour - The appearance is medium to deep red with lively cherry hues and solid core of deep garnet red. The rim of violet is a reminder of ripe Mataro berries.

Aroma - The nose is full of vibrant fresh plum, currant and cranberry with varietal spice and fragrant lavender overtones. Shiraz adds a hint of eucalypt and Mataro is sweet and rich with earthy spices delivering complexity and sophistication.

Palate - The palate is full and generous with raspberry and rhubarb adding to the fruit spectrum. The mid palate is solid and round with fleshy Shiraz tannins that add a savoury kick followed by earthy dried herbs. The intensity of flavour builds towards a dry, rounded finish with sweet oak and spice.

Food Matching - This is a wine for tender char grilled lamb chops marinated in olive oil and rosemary Combine with crispy green beans, golden baked potato and a rich garlic butter dressing.

Cellaring Potential - This is an outstanding example of this traditional blend and will reward careful cellaring for 5 or more years.

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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Other Information

  • 2015 vintage
  • 12 x 750mL units
  • SA - McLaren Vale, South Australia
  • Screwcap closure
  • 14% alc.
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