Chapel Hill is one of South Australia's "hottest" wineries. Located in the McLaren Vale, one of Australia's oldest wine growing regions, this pretty, boutique winery turns out small quantities of very fine wine, beginning with an outstanding Shiraz, a rich expressive wine that is strictly allocated. In addition, limited amounts of a masterful, barrel-fermented Reserve Chardonnay are produced, along with an interesting Verdelho and a rare, unwooded Chardonnay, which is often referred to as the Australian version of Chablis. Lastly, a very fine Cabernet Sauvignon rounds out the estate's portfolio. Unlike most Australian wineries, which pump out massive quantities of many different wines, Chapel Hill prefers to limit both production and number of offerings in order to provide its growing list of customers something special. This dedication to limited, high-quality offerings is what makes Chapel Hill a boutique winery in the true sense. How we wish that more wineries, especially those that bill themselves as boutique producers, would adhere to this philosophy of producing small amounts of interesting and individual tasting wines, rather than pump out large quantities of homogenized, neutered look alikes. Undoubtedly, the driving force behind the success of Chapel Hill is the highly talented, individualist, Pam Dunsford. Ms. Dunsford is recognized as one of Australia's most gifted winemakers. She is also a most sought after consultant. Thoroughly dedicated to producing great wines and tenacious in her approach to excellence, Ms. Dunsford is a force to be reckoned with. She believes in making individual wines of style and flavor which reflect their vineyard origin. Daring and pioneer initiative have always been Pam's strong suit; she was Australia's first female Roseworthy (Australia's prestigious school of oenology) graduate in winemaking twenty years ago. Since she took over the winemaking helm at Chapel Hill, the winery has been honored repeatedly in national and international shows and competitions. Aside from being a regular gold medal winner at Australian shows, Pam's wines have garnered gold at the prestigious London International Wine and Spirit Competition and the 1998 International Wine Challenge in London where thousands of wines from 30 countries are tasted. After trying for nearly two years to obtain an allocation of the Chapel Hill Shiraz large enough to fulfill our club membership, we are delighted to be able to offer you Chapel Hill's 1998 McLaren Vale Shiraz as our red wine feature. We trust that you'll enjoy it as much as we do.