Friday, 19 July 2013

Chapel Hill Mourvedre 2009

I recently went on a farm stay holiday to the Sunshine Coast hinterland. One evening we lined up a barbeque for dinner. Knowing this and as the day wore on my hankering for a Mourvedre to match the meal grew stronger and stronger. I jumped in the car and arrived at a well presented and well stocked independent bottle shop in the township not far from where we were.

I reached for a bottle of this and a few hours later I just kept asking myself why the hell I didn't drink more Mourvedre. This bottle from Chapel Hill stood and delivered and then some. Kapow!

Hand picked and aged in two, three and four year old French oak, much of the wine was gone before the steak hit the plate. So slurpable. So delicious.

Juicy plummy and dark chocolate flavours hit the spot. Some spice and savoury characters in many respects. A forever lasting length and that finish...gorgeously super smooth. The wine was ridiculously mouth filling, plump and moreish.

Some people just see Mourvedre (also known as Mataro and Monastrell) as a variety to blend. Not so in my opinion. This one is some serious kick arse booze. Great buying for the money.

Do it.

Who: Chapel Hill
What: Mourvedre (15% alc)
Where: McLaren Vale
When: 2009
How: $35