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2014 Chapel Hill "The Vicar" Shiraz McLaren Vale Australia (Case of 6)

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2014 Chapel Hill "The Vicar" Shiraz McLaren Vale Australia (Case of 6)
SRP: $76 Bottle / $456 Case
1-55 Cases Landed Profit Margin: 47.41%

56+ Cases Landed Profit Margin: 49.82%
FOB CA Profit Margin: 50.07%

The Winery
Chapel Hill Winery was built on the site of the historic Seaview Chapel. The Chapel was built in 1865 and now serves as our winery tasting room. The first vines were plated at Chapel Hill in 1972 and the first vintage was in 1975. Now under the guidance of winemakers Michael Fragos and Bryn Richards, Chapel Hill strives to hand craft wines with purity and balance. All of the grapes and wines are handled gently in small batches to ensure that the wonderful site and varietal characters are nurtured and respected.

The Vintage
The average winter rainfall and the soil profile fully wetted, the vines had a healthy start to the season. A series of heat events really tested the vines and the final heat event in mid-February was fortuitously followed by a rain event. This rain arrived at the perfect time, bringing welcome relief and slowing down what was looking to be a compacted harvest. Warm dry days and cool nights then persisted through harvest allowing the grapes to reach optimal ripeness and to progress through the winery in a very orderly fashion.

Winemaker's Comments
The Vicar is Chapel Hill's flagship wine and is an annual vineyard selection of Chapel Hill's most outstanding and expressive parcels of McLaren Vale Shiraz. This wine embodies our commitment to McLaren Vale, its regal variety and our belief in gentle and patient winemaking.

The Winemaking
The various parcels were harvested and fermented separately in small batch open fermenters. Gentle plunging was utilized for cap management and all of the ferments were left on skins for a minimum of 10 days.

Following gentle basket pressing, the free run and pressing fractions were combined. During the subsequent 20 month oak maturation period, the barrels were periodically racked and returned to ensure the integration of the tannins back into the structure of the wine. To preserve purity and character the wine is made with minimal additions and is allowed to clarify naturally without the use of fining or filtration.

Wine Specifications

Variety: 100% Shiraz
Appellation: 100% McLaren Vale
Harvest date: 24th to 28th February 2014
Oak aging: 21% new oak
pH: 3.5
Acidity: 5.8 g/L
Alcohol: 14.5%
Residual sugar: 1.8 g/L
Bottling date: 20th November 2015
ReleaseDate: 1st October 2016
Closure: Screw Cap
Winemakers: Michael Fragos & Bryn Richards 
Viticulturist: Rachel Steer

Vineyard Specifications
The contributing vineyards for The Vicar 2014 Shiraz were:
Inkwell Vineyard | Block 1 - California Road, central McLaren Vale
Inkwell Vineyard | Block 2 - California Road, central McLaren Vale
Lacey Witilla Block - Colville Road, at the foot of the Willunga Hills

Awards
92pts - Robert Parker
"The medium to full-bodied palate has taut, restrained fruit as this youthful stage, solidly supported by firm, ripe tannins and a lively backbone, finishing with lingering earthy notes."

94pts - James Halliday

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