Chapel Hill The Chosen Road Block McLaren Vale Shiraz

McLaren Vale got out of jail in the tough, wet 2011 season compared with much of south-eastern Australia, making an elegant, spicy shiraz style. These are not blockbusters, nor will they be long-lived, but there is appeal in the wines of those who sorted their fruit stringently. Chapel Hill’s single Road Block vineyard has yielded an elegantly lifted and fragrant style of pink pepper and spicy red berry fruits. Its structure carries an impressive mineral poise with an astringency to its tannins that will see it out for a decade. This vintage is not good timing for a $10 price rise. Currently only available direct.