Community Reviews (5)
James Halliday says:
Dark colour, with a densely packed bouquet of black fruits, bitter chocolate, fruitcake and blackberry all in balance with well-handled oak; the palate is concentrated and fresh, medium-bodied and generous; approachable as a young wine, with plenty of time in the tank.
Australian Wine Companion 2013
The 2010 Chapel Hill Shiraz has intense aromas of blackberry, dates, prune and vanilla. It is an extra-dry, full bodied, fruity wine; with good structure of balanced acidity, refined tannins and a long and silky finish. Though food friendly, sip this one alone; drink now – 2018 (screw cap). My impression: BEAUTIFUL, 91-92 pts – recommended due to its quality. Tasted at Churchill Cellars Portfolio tasting May/13.
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Dark ruby in colour with a medium+ intense nose.
Quality wine that is well balanced at a reasonable price, and a best buy if you can get it at the clearance price.
Positives: This wine features well-integrated oak, plums, red & black pepper, blackberry, cinnamon, vanilla, fruitcake, espresso & licorice. Full body with medium+ tannins, good acidity and a long length.
Negatives: Holy hot Batman! The 14.5% alcohol feels hotter than that.
Drink now or over the next 7 years on its own or pair it with peppercorn steak.
Tasted: 24 Aug 2013
Score: 9/10, Value: 9/10 (Clearance price: 9+/10) Total: 18/20
Out of 5 stars, I rated this wine: 4
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Dark ruby and opaque in the glass, this Aussie shiraz is not overly confected and displays typical characteristics - pepper and spice, with dark and red fruit. There's good length here and some complexity, with tannins that ease a bit with decanting (45 minutes). I found it a bit off balance with alcohol heat at the end a touch pronounced. Approachable now (she won't turn you down if you ask her to dance, but don't expect the most nimble dancer on the floor). A tad overpriced at $27, but mt local LCBO had it discounted by $5, making it fit into my bottom dweller budget. Grip it n' sip it!