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Chapel Hill The Chosen Gorge Block Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

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Chapel Hill The Chosen Gorge Block Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

Cabernet Sauvignon
14.5 %
McLaren Vale.
5 12+
$46.99 EA
0 when buying 12

Product Description

At our winery vineyard we are fortunate to be the custodians of one of the most unique and inspiring vineyard sites in McLaren Vale. The gently undulating soils, which are derived from prized ancient rock formations, are further enhanced by our elevation as the site perfectly capitalises on the beneficial coastal influence. Each individual block on this vineyard is distinctive and charismatic due to its expressive soil profile and unique meso-climate. For this reason we have decided to showcase the uniqueness of our winery vineyard in The Chosen range of single block wines.
Biodynamic preparations 500, 508 and horn silica are applied from September to May. Herbicides are not applied in this block, hand hoeing and brush cutting is utilised for weed control. No fertilisers are applied, instead composted winery marc (grape skins and stalks) is utilised in some sections as a under vine mulch. Volunteer grasses have been encouraged in both the mid row and under vine area to smother out broad leaf weeds such as wire and marshmallow weed (as well as to foster beneficial insects). These grasses are left to die off naturally over summer and they then provide a valuable layer of insulation for the soil over the warm summer months.
Vines Planted: 1993
Clone: G9V3 (own roots)
Area: 3.5 hectares
Elevation: 165 meters
Latitude: 35º10’30” S
Aspect: North facing slope with a shallow gully in the north western corner
Geology: 35 cm of slaty red/ brown clay over white/ brown siltstone dispersed with white calcareous material.
Row orientation: North South
Vine/ row spacing: 3 meters * 2 meters
Canopy: Single cordon, fixed wire, sprawl canopy
International Wine and Spirit Competition 2011
Silver Medal
Tyson Stelzer Wine Taste Special Edition July 2011
95 points - Drink 2019-2024
Ralph Kyte Powell - 5 Stars, Drink 2013-2028

Vintage 2009
Above average rainfall in August 2008 was followed by a dry spring which resulted in the early commencement of the growing season. An extended heat period in January was quickly augmented by cooler day and night time temperatures. This weather pattern allowed the vines to rejuvenate and facilitate the grapes to achieve optimum ripeness and varietal dexterity.
In order to ensure that the resultant wine expresses the soul and nature of the block a minimal winemaking intervention philosophy was utilised. The hand harvested grapes were gently crushed, fermented in an open fermenter and hand plunged to facilitate subtle tannin extraction. After 8 days on skins the fermenter was basket pressed and the free run and pressing fractions were combined. The wine was then aged for 18 months in 100% tight grained French oak. The proportion of new oak was kept low to encourage the continued expression of the characters that are excusive to the vineyard site. There were no additions of any fining agents or tannins and the wine was not filtered prior to bottling. The wine was aged in bottle for 3 months prior to release.

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