Chapel Hill’s Sangiovese Cabernet 2004 – Brought this to a dinner recently at Love Supreme Pizza in Paddington – good pizza place.
I’ve always been a fan of Chapel Hill, being McLaren Vale based wines. McLaren Vale (South Australia) is well known for many Red wines, such as Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, with the ability to create big bold reds with plenty of juicy, well rounded flavour and plush tannins. I usually avoid the ones younger than 3 years, to get one that’s developed and softened at least a little. Unfortunately many restaurants’ wine lists have some great South Australian (and other Australian) red wines at good value, but they are just too young and acidic/undeveloped, and would do great with at least another 1-2 years.
Anyway, the Sangiovese (Italian grape) component of this wine made it more lighter and suited to pizza. The Cabernet went well with any dark meat dishes I had, and I prefer heavier wines such as Cabernet, so I liked the extra weight to the Sangiovese. The wine had good levels of acid, also good with oily/fatty pizza.
Smells savoury, with herbaceous characters such as mint (from the Cabernet Sauvignon), soft spices and oak. But on tasting it has more fruit flavour – berries, plums, etc, and good oaky character. Sangiovese gives it a bit more more “brightness” to it, such as red fruits (eg. cherry). Being 6 years old and perfect drinking now, the tannin had smoothed out more so, leaving a more silky feel in the mouth after the wine has gone.
Retail Price: about $20 – which I found great value, being 2004 and since I kept it/forgot about it for 3 years and let the flavours develop further. 2009 vintage is now what will be in store, which I would decanter at least an hour before consuming, but it still has a lot to offer. Good Value.