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

Description:

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.

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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

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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.

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

  • 2014 vintage
  • 12 x 750mL units
  • SA - McLaren Vale, South Australia
  • Screwcap closure
  • 14.8% alc.
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