2009 Chapel Hill Shiraz

12x750ml Bottles | RRP: $35.00 | $35.00 | Cracka Rating: 4/527

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

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2009 Chapel Hill Shiraz CrackaWines Tyson Stelzer 94 James Halliday 93
  • Is there anything better to bathe the senses in than McLaren Vale Shiraz? We think not, and Chapel Hill has ensured a Shiraz that is seductively regional and attractive. World famous for its Shiraz, McLaren Vale shows a mixture of power and restraint. This is fit for food with its bold aromas of blueberry and plum fruit with extraordinary tannins on the lingering finish. Bold yet balanced this is a wine for that will keep in the medium term, if you can resist.
    Cracka Wine Rating90
  • Displays hedonistic blueberry, pimento and roasted almond flavours. The harmonious integration and balance of these fruit flavours with the gently textured oak, is further enhanced by the defiantly persistent and mouth filling savoury tannin structure.


  • Tyson Stelzer says:

    McLaren Vale is never lacking for colour, density or concentration of all-encompassing black fruits, but the thing that elevates Chapel Hill to a position among the gods has nothing to do with any of these. This is a wine of structure, first and foremost, of deep, all-pervading, ultra-fine, firm, textural tannins that promise a devastating performance in a decade’s time.

    Best Drinking: 2019-2024
    Wine Taste - Edition 59
    94

    James Halliday says:

    Best Drinking: 2024
    93

    Jeremy Oliver says:

    Rather baked and lacking genuine fruit sweetness and intensity, this dark, meaty, chocolatey and briary shiraz does reflect some stressed influences in the vineyard. Dense and ultra-ripe, it's moderately but not greatly long, with a currant-like presence of dark berry flavours.

    The Australian Wine Annual

    James Halliday (2010 Vintage) 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.

    Best Drinking: To 2025
    94

    Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says:

    Sumptuous, firm and deeply layered, with an earthy, slightly gamey bouquet whose fresh aromas of blackberries, dark plums and fragrant, fine-grained mocha oak are laced with scents of cracked pepper. It's smooth and polished, with deep, dark and briary flavours of plums and dark berries knit with polished chocolatey oak and firm, pliant tannins. Finely balanced and focused.

    Best Drinking: 2022-2030+
    The Australian Wine Annual 2013
    93

    Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says:

    Chapel Hill has elevated itself one plane closer to the gods with one of the most profound $30 shirazes I’ve tasted in a long time. A monumental testament to the incredible 2010 season, this wine will age magnificently and shows every sign of going down as the finest Chapel Hill McLaren Vale Shiraz yet. It’s all black, from its extremely dark, vibrant purple hue to the characteristic black plum and black olive aromas of McLaren Vale shiraz, even alluring nuances of game, charcuterie and coal steam. The palate presents remarkable depth of black fruits, liquorice and layers of character at a level rarely witnessed outside McLaren Vale’s most revered prestige cuvees. This grand parade of black is something to behold, yet never brash or loud, always precise and lively, intricately framed in a deep-set, rigid chassis of firm, finely poised tannins.

    Best Drinking: 2018-2025
    Wine Taste Weekly Edition 105
    96

    Nick Stock (2007 Vintage) says:

    This handy McLAREN Vale shiraz sits deep purple in the glass and has a real sense of richness - even to the eyes. The nose is nicely pitched between ripeness and complexity, even at this early stage; the oak adds sweeter spices to dark-fleshed plum and berries. The tannins carry weight through the middle palate, finding balance amid assertive, direct style, with gentle oak toast to finish.

    The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
    91

    Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says:

    Very smooth and polished, this silky shiraz has a sweet-fruited and floral perfume of berries, plums and fresh cedar/ chocolate oak. Its pristine expression of dark, sour-edged flavours eases into a supple backbone of fine-grained tannin and creamy chocolate oak, becoming quite meaty and gamy towards the licorice-like, savoury, finish.

    Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
    91

    Rob Geddes MW (2007 Vintage) says:

    Regional cherry, berry ripe fruit, big oak tannins in a firm big style.

    Australian Wine Vintages 2010 2009

    James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says:

    Good colour; medium- to full-bodied wine with a mix of black and red berry fruits, chocolate and spice set in a framework of dusty/ mocha tannins.

    Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
    91

    Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2007 Vintage) says:

    Winemaker Michael Fragos has made a seriously positive impact since taking over the winemaking reins - though he's always keen to stress that it's a team effort. The 2004 and 2005 versions of this wine were excellent, and this release is right up there with them. If you like the region's shiraz, you'll love this. It has everything you could ask for: lots of velvety tannin, lots of velvety dark-fruit flavour, lots of velvety oak and lots of, well, velvet. You get the drift - it's a cracker.

    The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
    94

    James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says:

    A deep and dark warm-fruited wine with chocolate fruits, fruitcake elements of spice and a long, slightly savoury finish.

    Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
    91

    Rob Geddes MW (2006 Vintage) says:

    Appealing regional cherry, berry ripe fruit, big oak tannins in a firm style.

    Australian Wine Vintages 2010

    James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says:

    Typical McLaren Vale abundance of supple black fruits and dark chocolate, but without excessive alcohol; ripe tannins and controlled oak; very well made.

    Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
    94

    Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says:

    A deep, dark, meaty and slightly jammy aroma of ripe shiraz fruit with currant and prune-like undertones reveals a faint spirity aspect. It's substantial and densely packed, but smooth and sumptuous, with black, spicy fruit over nuances of currants and dark olives. Long, firm and fine-grained, finishing with a bright acidity, it's a lavishly oaked exercise in restrained power.

    Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
    90

    Campbell Mattinson (2005 Vintage) says:

    2005 RELEASE Had to take off my glasses and put my feet on the desk after taking a swig of this. It's so perfectly in the groove, so absolutely what I want to see in a hearty McLaren Vale red. It's smooth, substantial, savoury-sweet and brilliantly long through the finish. Coffee beans, blackberry, classy hazelnut-like oak and impeccable balance. Yes! DRINK 2008-2020.

    The Big Red Wine Book 2008
    95

    Rob Geddes MW (2005 Vintage) says:

    Appealing regional cherry, berry ripe fruit, big oak tannins in a firm style.

    Australian Wine Vintages 2010

    James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says:

    Superb purple-red colour; a lovely medium-bodied regional wine; luscious black fruits, dark chocolate and fine tannins, then a very long finish. Best for years.

    Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
    95

    James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says:

    Pleasant red and black fruits; smooth, medium-bodied; fine tannins.

    Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
    90

    Jeremy Oliver (2002 Vintage) says:

    Tiring, slightly cooked aromas of plums, currants and raisins depend a little excessively on sweet vanilla oak for impact and brightness, while the moderately firm and reasonably long palate delivers a little more freshness with black and red berry flavours and cedary oak framed by tightly knit tannins. It's just too advanced and even slightly varnishy for a higher score.

    Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006

    James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says:

    Medium-bodied; elegant black plum and black cherry fruit; good acidity and mouthfeel, fine tannins and a sweet touch of totally integrated oak.

    Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
    93

    Jeremy Oliver (2001 Vintage) says:

    Ripe, rustic shiraz whose meaty aroma of slightly stewed plum and prune-like fruit has already developed earthy and leathery complexity. There's plenty of fruit and oak sweetness on the palate, with menthol-like flavours of blackberries and plums offset by assertive chocolate and pencil-shavings like oak. Good length and structure.

    Australian Wine Annual 2005 2004

    James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says:

    Medium purple-red; savoury berry fruit and some chocolate on the bouquet leads into a very sweet, slightly jammy palate, again with some regional chocolate flavours coming into play; restrained oak throughout

    Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003

    James Halliday (1999 Vintage) says:

    Light to medium red-purple; the bouquet is light, seemingly lacking concentration, although there is a little more red cherry fruit on the palate; overall, lacks focus.

    Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002

    James Halliday (1997 Vintage) says:

    Medium to full purple-red; the bouquet is rich, complex and concentrated with lush dark berry fruit aromas and well-balanced and integrated oak. The palate shows the same excellent balance and structure, finishing with soft tannins. However, it dries out just a fraction on the mid-palate, in contrast to the lush fruit of the bouquet.

    Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001

    James Halliday (1996 Vintage) says:

    Strong, deep purple-red; rich, concentrated and sweet black cherry fruit is joined by a touch of chocolate on the similarly-flavoured palate. A full wine, very good structure and oak handling.

    Australian Wine Companion 2000 1999
    90
Harvey Norman
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