2009 Chapel Hill Cabernet Sauvignon

12 x 750 ml Bottles | RRP: $35.00 $35.00 | Cracka Rating: 4/532


Producer: Chapel Hill Type: Red Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon Region: McLaren Vale, SA


RRP: $22.00   OUR PRICE: $17.99
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  • Chapel Hill are on fire at the moment. Not literally, the quality of the winemaking just keeps soaring ahead thanks to the winemaking partnership of Michael Fragos and Brynn Richards. This Cabernet for instance has so much going for it. It’s the kind of wine that creeps up on you thanks to its structure and balance. You’ll find captivating blackcurrant, chocolate and charry oak lots of spice and perfectly measured tannins. It offers Great drinking for now and the medium term.
    Cracka Wine Rating80
  • The subsequent wine exudes an evocative array of flavours. Brooding mulberry, dark cherry, aniseed and roasted chestnut flavours all mingle harmoniously in the wine. The flavour profile is underpinned by the graceful and seamless integration of the gently spicy oak and the sumptuous finely grained tannin structure.
  • Rob Geddes MW (2011 Vintage) says:

    Raspberry, peccan and cashew oak and subtle sea side, nori roll faintly iodine aromas. The black currant fruit is just off jammy and the tannins in the mouth velvety with the ribena fruit flowing and persisting to middle palate where the finish is abrupt and dry. The textural finish is silky fine tannins.

    Rob Geddes MW
    88

    James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says:

    Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition 2013
    90

    Jeremy Oliver (2011 Vintage) says:

    An excellent effort from this vintage, with a sweet, dusty and faintly herbal bouquet of cassis, blueberries, raspberries and cedar/vanilla oak backed by nuances of roast beetroot and dried herbs. It's full to medium-bodied, long and elegant, with pleasing intensity and ripeness of briary dark berries and plums finely balanced with chocolatey vanilla oak, firmish tannins, fresh acids and a hint of meatiness.

    The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition 2014
    90

    James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says:

    Best Drinking: To 2020
    90

    Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says:

    A long-term wine of sufficient stature and style to make you think again about McLaren Vale cabernet. Scented with aromas of violets, cassis, briar and blackberries knit with fresh, dusty cedar/vanilla oak, it's long and brightly lit, with a pure, deep presence of essential, deeply layered cabernet flavour tightly wound around a dusty spine of firm, pliant tannins. Finely balanced, it's measured, perfectly ripened and structured. Quite an achievement!

    Best Drinking: 2030-2040
    The Australian Wine Annual 2013
    95

    Rob Geddes MW (2010 Vintage) says:

    Intense colour with dark chocolate and blackcurrant aromas with distinct tannins in a full-bodied firm finishing style. Typical of the improvement across the region in this variety getting fresher and more varietal.

    Best Drinking: 2017
    Rob Geddes MW
    88

    James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says:

    Deep, dense colour; just as with the Shiraz, the region speaks loud and clear, but does not pervert the excellent display of varietal fruit with its array of blackcurrant and mulberry (and dark chocolate) fruit; excellent tannins and good oak are further pluses.

    Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
    95

    Tyson Stelzer (2008 Vintage) says:

    At the bigger end of Michael Frago's Cabernet universe, this is a powerful style, but with the structure and balance to hold it. The palate is richly fruited, swirling with ripe blackcurrant, crunchy redcurrant and cassis fruit. The tannin structure is firm and fine-grained, accented with dark chocolate oak.

    93

    Rob Geddes MW (2008 Vintage) says:

    Intense colour with dark chocolate and blackcurrant aromas with distinct tannins in a full-bodied firm finishing style.

    Australian Wine Vintages 2010
    88

    Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2008 Vintage) says:

    The 2007 release was an award-winning wine and this is an excellent follow-up. It's a beautiful combination of elegance and power. It sure doesn't lack flavour: blackcurrant, briarwood, toast and cedar. Indeed if you ever want to see what a great team grape and oak flavours can make, try this wine. It has a terrific harmony to it. Coiled ropes of tannin mark it as a 'monty for the cellar'. It finishes long, fine and with impressive oomph.

    The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
    94

    Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says:

    A dark, palate-staining cabernet whose wild, heady floral bouquet of dark berries, plum and dark olives reveals a meaty ripeness. It's substantial, with distinct undertone of prunes and currants, but the palate presents a satisfying length of deep dark fruit coated by drying, firm tannins and backed by creamy chocolate/vanilla and cedary oak.

    Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
    91

    Rob Geddes MW (2007 Vintage) says:

    Intense colour with dark chocolate and blackcurrant aromas with huge tannins in a full-bodied firm finishing style.

    Australian Wine Vintages 2010 2009
    85

    James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says:

    Dense crimson-purple; an equally dense, chewy, full-bodied palate with blackberry, dark chocolate and mocha all intermingling; the tannins, while substantial, are ripe.

    Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
    91

    Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2007 Vintage) says:

    Something weird is going on with McLaren Vale cabernet - it's getting better and better. And it tastes like cabernet too, and not simply like a shiraz impersonator. Structure? Check. Powerful flavour? Check. Persistence? Check. Class? Check. X-factor? Check. Blow us down if this wine doesn't have it all. We don't need to babble on: it's simply brilliant. Full stop.

    The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
    96

    Nick Stock (2006 Vintage) says:

    Faint herbs, mint and cassis cabernet aromas join with meaty winemaking complexity and cedary oak. The palate has some real depth and rolls out fine tannins, richly concentrated purple fruit flavours, terrific depth and slow-burning chocolate plum finish.

    Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
    92

    James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says:

    Blackcurrant and dark chocolate aromas are joined by slightly more savoury/earthy notes on the palate, with some sweet oak inputs on the finish.

    Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
    90

    Rob Geddes MW (2006 Vintage) says:

    Intense colour with dark chocolate and blackcurrant aromas with distinct tannins in a full-bodied firm finishing style.

    Australian Wine Vintages 2010
    86

    James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says:

    Lush and plush, with a dark chocolate imprint of McLaren Vale making its mark on ripe blackcurrant fruit; tannins and oak well handled.

    Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
    94

    Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says:

    Framed by a dusty drying extract of chalky tannin, this ripe, juicy and concentrated young cabernet has a heady, wild and brambly bouquet of blackberries, dark plums and cedar/chocolate oak backed by nuances of graphite and iodide. Typically sour-edged, its ripe plum/cassis fruit knits tightly with sweet vanilia oak, finishing with rustic, meaty influences and fresh acids

    Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
    90

    Campbell Mattinson (2005 Vintage) says:

    Michael Fragos (ex Tatachilla) has taken over the winemaking reins at Chapel Hill, and has fast picked up the quality.2005 RELEASE Just when I thought the value couldn't get any better -along comes this. This is an absolute pearler. Stunningly pure, stunningly rich, silken across the tongue and sophisticated in its flavour profile. Currants, chocolate, lead pencils, blueberries, all of it oozing red wine goodness. DRINK 2008-2020.

    The Big Red Wine Book 2008
    95

    Rob Geddes MW (2005 Vintage) says:

    Intense colour with dark chocolate and blackcurrant aromas with distinct tannins in a full-bodied firm finishing style.

    Australian Wine Vintages 2010
    85

    James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says:

    A medium-bodied, elegantly understated wine in contradistinction to many from this region; ripe cassis blackcurrant fruit, and fine tannins.

    Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
    92

    Campbell Mattinson (2004 Vintage) says:

    Michael Fragos (ex Tatachilla) has taken over the winemaking reins at Chapel Hill, and has fast picked up the quality. 2004 RELEASE Smart wine. Full of dark, pencily, blackberried fruit, its tannins integrated and flavoursome. Offers a long, slippery slide of chocolaty flavour through the finish, even though it's the fruit that does the bulk of the talking, DRINK 2008-2018.

    The Big Red Wine Book 2008
    92

    James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says:

    Finely balanced and structured; blackcurrant, earth and chocolate; ripe tannins, good oak.

    Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
    92

    Jeremy Oliver (2002 Vintage) says:

    Firm but slightly green-edged, this briary and cedary cabernet has a light bouquet of berry and plum aromas with herbal, capsicum-like undertones. Some lively and forward flavours of small berries and plums get some benefit from cedary oak but finish rather green and sappy, with a grippy extract.

    Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
    86

    Jeremy Oliver (2001 Vintage) says:

    Honest, firm and earthy cabernet with an uncomplicated aroma of sweet red berries and cedary vanilla oak. Moderately full in weight, with a good length of sweet dark berry flavours and assertive oak framed by firm, bony tannins.

    Australian Wine Annual 2005 2004
    88

    James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says:

    Elegant cassis/blackcurrant fruit with good carry; subtle oak and minimal tannins

    Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
    90

    James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says:

    Medium red-purple; the bouquet has high-toned red berry fruit with lesser notes of mint and leaf, the medium-bodied palate fresh and lively, with a touch of regional chocolate also making its mark. A blend of 79 per cent McLaren Vale and 21 per cent Coonawarra grapes.

    Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
    89

    James Halliday (1999 Vintage) says:

    Medium red-purple, showing some colour shift; a solid bouquet with a mix of earthy/briary/blackberry/chocolate aromas, the palate with plenty of depth, well weighted and structured; ripe tannins round off a good outcome for the vintage. The oak is not overplayed.

    Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
    90

    James Halliday (1997 Vintage) says:

    Medium to full red-purple; the bouquet is strongly regional, with that sweet chocolatey fruit so typical of McLaren Vale. The palate moves decidedly towards mint and cassis flavours, and part reflecting the Coonawarra component. As always, well-handled oak, and soft tannins.

    Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
    88

    James Halliday (1996 Vintage) says:

    Medium to full red-purple; ripe cassis, almost jammy, aromas lead the bouquet and logically introduce lots of cassis, redcurrant and other red fruit flavours on the forepalate, with unexpectedly powerful tannins to close.

    Australian Wine Companion 2000 1999
    85
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