Chapel Hill Shiraz 2014
Some of the ’14 Vale reds can look a little heavy and stewed. No such dramas here. Indeed this is the best ‘standard’ Chapel Hill Shiraz in ages…
Deep purple, with a red core, this uses oak as a textural tool, delivering a cocoa powder-esque, savoury bitter-sweetness that works nicely with the plum fruit, complete with anise, black bean and soy.
Long, surprisingly tannic and hearty, this is just a little warm – my only quibble – without ever looking scorched, with density and flavour at every corner. Quality Shiraz for anyone who appreciates the thick-set end of the Vale style. Also a great Thermos wine FWIW.
Best drinking: 2018-2030. 18/20, 93/100. 14.5%, $30. Would I buy it? I’d go a bottle and recommend heartily.