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Chalk Hill Sidetrack Shiraz Blend

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They like unusual blends does Chalk Hill, happily sticking together different varieties to make different flavour combinations. They don't always work, but what they do offer is a little more intrigue to the more traditional wine blends. In this case that means coupling Shiraz and Grenache with a subliminal hint of Cabernet Sauvignon to make for something that is more than the sum of its parts. McLaren Vale fruit goodness on offer here.

Winemaker's Notes

Blending is the key with this wine. The strong Shiraz component demanded more Grenache in 2011. The Grenache brings perfume and bright red fruits which compliment well with darker fruit flavours of the Shiraz.

Appearance: Purple with red hues.

Nose: Lifted spice and red berry fruits.

Palate: Crunchy red berry fruits on the palate with savoury spice notes lingering.

Food: Gourmet Pizza, or any red meat dish. Charcuterie platter.

Cellaring: Will reward cellaring for up to 5 years.

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Chalk Hill Sidetrack Shiraz Blend

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James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
This is a blend of 78% shiraz and 22% grenache with exceptional colour that only McLaren Vale can bestow on this blend: deep purple-crimson. Black fruits drive the bouquet and, even more, the medium- to full-bodied palate with its clear-cut black fruits and a neat savoury finish, making every post a winner in a very good vintage. It's great value, but give it 3 years, then drink it whenever the mood suits you.
To 2020
Australian Wine Companion 2013
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2012
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Light- to medium-bodied; a supple, smooth array of spicy berry fruits, ready now, Shiraz (60%)/Cabernet Sauvignon (30%)/Grenache (10%).
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
Peter Forrestal (2005 Vintage) says
A McLaren Vale red with dark berry flavour, smooth texture and restrained tannins.
Quaff 2008 2007
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Juicy fruit-driven style; lovely flavour uninhibited by tannins or more than a touch of French oak. Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon; great value.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006

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