Chapel Hill’s 2016 McLaren Vale Shiraz once again confirms Michael Fragos’s acumen in fashioning lush, bold-flavored, crowd pleasing Shiraz. Dark and deep in color, the 2016 Chapel Hill McLaren Valle Shiraz offers an impressive array of savory aromas and flavors, beginning with blackberry, raspberry, and plum along with tantalizing hints of wild herbs, cracked black pepper, and exotic spice tones. Fragos’ full-bodied, concentrated Shiraz provides tremendous extract on a balanced frame of ripe, structured tannins. It is this balance and artistic interplay that sets the 2016 Chapel Hill McLaren Vale Shiraz apart from its counterparts, especially those in nearby Barossa where heavy, excessively jammy flavors can easily fatigue the palate. Superb terroir and great winemaking make the 2016 Chapel Hill McLaren Vale Shiraz a delight to drink now and for years to come. For optimal enjoyment, we suggest that you afford the 2016 Chapel Hill McLaren Vale an hour or more of aeration before serving at cool room temperature (58°-62° F).
Although the 2016 Chapel Hill McLaren Vale Shiraz shines brightly on its own, it also provides the ideal accompaniment to grilled filet mignon and beef tenderloin served with grilled portabella mushrooms and caramelized onions. Lamb stew or lamb and vegetable kebobs grilled over hot coals with wild herbs offer more tasty pairings. A spicy brisket and fried onion slider makes a fine accompaniment too. Smoked ribs and, of course, the best burgers offer excellent pairings. For an explosive combination, consider a juicy beef or buffalo burger with roasted poblano pepper, pickled red onion, pepper jack cheese and jalapeño aioli. Homemade lasagna and Eggplant Parmigiana also make rewarding partners to Chapel Hill’s Shiraz. And if by chance a glass of the 2016 Chapel Hill McLaren Vale Shiraz should remain after the main course, we suggest you finish it in the company of a hard cheese such as Cheddar. Enjoy!
Two decades ago we discovered the artfully crafted wines of Chapel Hill winery and featured several of Chapel Hill’s exceptional McLaren Vale Shiraz wines. But after a stint in which Pam Dunsford, the first women graduate of Australia’s prestigious school of oenology at Roseworthy, brought Chapel Hill to international prominence with Gold Medals at the prestigious London International Wine and Spirit Competition and the International Wine Challenge in London, Chapel Hill’s wines seemed to all but vanish from the American market. Happily, under the current leadership of Chief Winemaker and McLaren Vale native Michael Fragos, Chapel Hill wines are once again available and are even more complex and engaging than ever.
Chapel Hill draws its name from the historic stone chapel built on the property in 1865, which has served as a local church, a parish school and now the winery’s cellar door and art gallery that features the work of talented local contemporary and indigenous artists.
Under Michael Fragos (IW&SC 2007 International Winemaker of the Year), winemaker Bryn Richards and viticulturist Rachel Steer, Chapel Hill has solidified its position as one of South Australia’s top wineries. Chapel Hill owns and operates 44 hectares (about 109 acres) of vineyards in South Australia’s famed McLaren Vale appellation and purchases fruit from a select group of McLaren Vale and Adelaide Hills growers. Shiraz reigns as king at Chapel Hill as it does throughout McLaren Vale, but Grenache, Mourvèdre, Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese also pay homage to the extraordinary success of this winery. And, with the addition of fruit from the nearby, cooler Adelaide Hills, Chapel Hill fashions a number of outstanding white wines, which further account for Chapel Hill’s preeminence among McLaren Vale producers.
McLaren Vale is one of South Australia’s most important wine growing appellations. It is also a region rich in history and rightfully covets its reputation as the birthplace of the Australian wine industry. Enhanced by its proximity to Adelaide as well as its superb climate, Mediterranean beauty, food, wine, and art culture, McLaren Vale thrives as a viticultural area as well as an important tourist destination. Most importantly, McLaren Vale is renowned for the quality, power and grace of its wines, many of which emanate from some of the world’s oldest vines.
Nestled between rolling hills and a picturesque coastline, McLaren Vale’s Mediterranean climate has created ideal conditions for the cultivation of red varietals, especially Shiraz, Grenache and Cabernet Sauvignon. Moreover, McLaren Vale has become a leader in environmentally sustainable viticulture.
Enjoy Limited Production Estate
Discover limited production estate bottled wines such as Vergenoegd's internationally
acclaimed 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, imported exclusively for our members.