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Chalk Hill The Procrastinator Cabernet Blend

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Typically a procrastinator is someone who tends to do less (or is more talk less action) though the forward and open style of this red suggests the exact opposite. An unusual blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon this has the brightness of the Vale but coupled with some cooler, prettier red fruit characters thanks to the Cab Franc. End result is a winning sort of formula really.

One thing we can guarantee with this wine is that you won’t procrastinate when it comes to grabbing it off your wine rack. The great thing about blending reds like this means you get a seamless sensation of Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Cabernet fruit resulting in a medium-bodied McLaren Vale red that’s the perfect foil for food, particularly pizza or barbecued lamb. Wonderfully aromatic with a fine tannin framework this wine is all about textured red fruits and silky, seductive spice. Don’t procrastinate, order some now.

Winemaker's Notes

Appearance: Purple, Crimson Red.

Nose: Perfumed nose with violets, dark berries, chocolate and savoury spice.

Palate: Bright dark berry fruit with some thick textural notes on the palate. Vibrant with silky fine tannins.

Cellaring: Careful cellaring for 5 years or more.

Alcohol: 13.5%

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Chalk Hill The Procrastinator Cabernet Blend

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
An estate-grown blend of cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon and shiraz. It has the classic cabernet franc characters of a perfumed bouquet and lively cedar/cigar box-like flavours, the other varieties in sympathetic support. Always the same, always a bargain.
To 2017
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
91
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
To 2018
Australian Wine Companion 2013
91
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Light, bright crimson; attractive cassis and red cherry fruit aromas and flavours, structure provided by fine tannins. Cabernet Franc.
To 2016
Australian Wine Companion 2011
90
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2009 Vintage) says
It's made using the cabernet-franc grape, though we couldn't see any mention of the variety on the label -front or back. No matter, it's the taste that counts. Talk about grip! It tastes of pine and dark cherries and dry grass, though the thing you notice the most is the amount of grippy tannin. This absolutely needs t o be consumed alongside food. It's a pretty decent wine, though, with plushness to the fruit flavour and a clear sense of individuality.
2011-2015
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11
89
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Good colour; bright fruit with a pleasant seasoning of spice and floral aromatics; the palate is fleshy and concentrated, with good texture and focused acidity cleaning up the finish. Cabernet Franc/Cabernet Sauvignon. Value.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
90
Nick Stock (2007 Vintage) says
Cabernet franc leads cabernet sauvignon here with sprightly, musky oak aromas lifting through brambly berry fruits; plenty of attractive fragrance. The palate is redolent with berries and some lifted violet-like flavour; elegant and flavoursome with sturdy tannin scooping around the finish. Will fill out the structure in no time at all.
Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
91
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Bright and fresh redcurrant, red cherry and raspberry fruits, and the finest possible tannin support.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
90
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Excellent colour; one of the very best cabernet francs in Australia; bright, berry fruits, fragrant and beguiling.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
93
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Plenty of spice, tobacco and cedar under the red fruit coat; not much structure, but is great value; 95% Cabernet Franc, 5% Shiraz.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
86

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