Chapel Hill Parson’s Nose McLaren Vale Shiraz

Chapel Hill now boasts five tiers to its shiraz arsenal, each strategically positioned in price and style, and all the fun begins with Parson’s Nose. This is rightfully the most approachable of the bunch, with fine, supple tannins that make it ripe to go right away. This fun-loving thing has a serious side, too, clearly learning from its more senior siblings. It’s an accurate and well balanced McLaren Vale shiraz, capturing the vibrancy of 2011 in peppery, crunchy blackberry, rhubarb, Satsuma plum and liquorice fruit, while retaining depth of concentration and persistence. Oak is well integrated, and entirely French. $15 at Winecave, No Frills Wine, Dan Murphy’s and Edinburgh Cellars.