Australia

Chalk Hill Snapper Point

Colour: Very dark, rich chocolatey-red. Scents: Blackberry and juicy plum. On second inspection, beetroot and grapefruit. Taste: Deep and juicy, very drinkable. Not incredibly complex in flavour, but with enough depth to avoid the watery flavours that some other reds fall prey to. Held its own against lamb chops and houmous, which is no mean feat.
Posted 18th August 2009        
     

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Colour:
Very dark, rich chocolatey-red.

Scents:
Blackberry and juicy plum. On second inspection, beetroot and grapefruit.

Taste:
Deep and juicy, very drinkable. Not incredibly complex in flavour, but with enough depth to avoid the watery flavours that some other reds fall prey to. Held its own against lamb chops and houmous, which is no mean feat.

Thoughts:
14.0% Vol, but without the overwhelming alcoholic taste that some other reds of this percentage can have. The Chalk Hill vineyard is based in the McLaren Vale region of South Australia, noted for its full-bodied shiraz and second only in fame to the Barossa region. The Snapper Point wine would appear to be a blend – the label offers no information as to the type of grapes that have been used, or indeed the year (or years) that the harvests have been taken from however as a guess I would place it as a 2007 Shiraz blend. The makers claim that their wine is harvested from plants grown on the slopes near the Port Willunga beach, a locale that is known for its blustery, cold winters and scorching hot summers, and this is alluded to in the wine itself. It has that typical McLaren Vale flavour but is missing some of the depth you can get from the vineyards located further away from the coast. This is not necessarily a bad thing – the wine is very drinkable – but it does suggest that some of the other Chalk Hill varieties could be more interesting.

Overall rating:
3/5

Available from Naked Wines & currently priced at £9.49

UpdateNaked Wines answered the question of the blend on twitter

     

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