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Shake things up (McLaren Vale, South Australia – 11/04/2013)

No other region in South Australia does wine marketing better than the McLaren Vale. They have been producing quality wine there longer than any other region in the country and this has been well communicated all over the world.  There are great soils, a stable climate and sufficient old-vine material to make a European blush. Brands cover the whole gamut; iconic, commercial, boutique and cult. Their wine tourism is some of the most sophisticated I have seen, not to mention diverse in terms of cellar door offerings. Yet when I first visited in early 2011 as a trade guest I left as underwhelmed as I had already been. In some ways this is because I felt that not only were they focusing on varieties that are so common in Australia and the world, but they were also producing them in an outdated and inelegant way. These are not wines that excite me, nor are they particularly exciting younger consumers who crave difference, particularly from wines their parents drank. The thing that did excite me was the number of producers starting to work with alternative varieties, experimenting and diversifying to find different expressions and compliments to the environment. A shame that so little emphasis was placed on this on our program. For this reason I was interested in returning to visit some producers who are focusing on new vines and wines in a somewhat stale wine region.

McLaren Vale at its best

McLaren Vale at its best

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Chapel Hill – 11/04/2013

Il Vescovo White 2011 (savagnin, verdelho, roussanne)
Clean bright salty crisp citrus and peach. Fruity and flavourful, clean palate, nice fresh finish, good food wine. Outstanding for the style.

Verdelho 2012
Somewhat shy but fresh and clean. A little more concentration but at the same time thin, lacking depth.

The Chosen Gorge Block Chardonnay 2011
Riper more tropical riots, pineapple citrus freshness. Quite subtle and gentle, elegant long but in the riper spectrum. Well managed oak.

Il Vescovo Sangiovese Rosé 2012
Bright cherry strawberry raspberry fruit aromas. Lots of flavour and character but great acidity freshness. A kick of fruit weight and hints of sweetness, but good depth and expression.

Il Vescovo Tempranillo 2011
Tight lean slightly meaty dusty red fruits. Quite intense but lean and soft. Lacking a bit if fruit sweetness and plumpness?

Il Vescovo Tempranillo 2012
Nice and bright, intense and fruitful nose. Generous and full, but still lots of great acidity freshness.

Il Vescovo Sangiovese 2011
Potentially faulty, potentially not sangiovese. Different varietals in style, pretty dark and intense. Very dense. Repassed over cabernet skins.

Bush Vine Grenache 2011
Lovely dark spicy notes, intense but lots of juicy red fruit. Soft round but good acid, intense fruit but good balance of savoury spicy pepper. Robust bit boy too heavy or hot.

Mourvèdre 2010
Nice deep dark plum spice aromas. Juicy soft rich sweet dark fruit. Powerful and explosive, warm but balanced with adequate fruit. Intensity.

The Chosen Road Block Shiraz 2008
Minty juby jammy black fruit plum. Full juicy concentrated intense, but not too oaky or hot, just lots of fruit.

The Chosen House Block Shiraz 2008
More earthy savoury characters, less mint. more subdued concentration, slightly more savoury, but still very intense fruit. Better block wine.

Back vintages of the Chosen Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon wines

Back vintages of the Chosen Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon wines

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