Friday, 13 July 2012

Chalk Hill "The Procrastinator" 2010

I first came across this wine a few years ago, and apart from the name which sticks in your mind without too much trouble, it was the fact there was no oak present whatsoever. That's right, the fruit was king and shone like a beacon with not even a splinter in sight.

This particular vintage of The Procrastinator is a blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon with percentages of 65/20/15 respectively, but this time some oak has been integrated. The use of two and three year old oak for 12-15 months has continued to enable the fruit to power though and do all the talking. Previous vintages have been 100% Cabernet Franc - some serious wow factor there!

As I looked at this wine, the three varieties used became obvious, all playing their part and contributing to a wine of very good value ($18). The Cabernet Franc is first up creating a great yet supple presence. This peels off to the Merlot which moves further through the palate finishing with Cabernet Sauvignon wrapping up the package and leaving you something to think about.

A touch of violets on the nose, a little black pepper and a squirt of raspberries, the bouquet is dominated by big blackberry fruit. These characteristics shift to the palate where they are clearly evident providing juicy wine. Well rounded and balanced, the finish is soft and smooth which lingers for longer than a minute.

Seriously good stuff.

Partner with a nice piece of meat or a roast and a big smile is sure to follow.

Who: Chalk Hill Wines
What: Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon blend (13.5% alc)
Where: McLaren Vale
When: 2010
How: $18

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1 comment:

  1. Nice. Used to drink Chalk Hill a fair bit in the UK. My first real intro to Aussie alternative varieties.

    Good value.