McLaren Vale, SA
Chapel Hill Winery in McLaren Vale was built on the site of the Seaview Chapel and school house. The 1865 ironstone Chapel still proudly stands today and is an integral feature of the tasting room.
Planting of the vineyard commenced in 1972 and the first vintage was in 1975. Perched on the edge of the spectacular Onkaparinga Gorge, shallow rocky soils are a feature with sweeping views back over McLaren Vale and Gulf St Vincent. Inspired by this history, there exists a deep respect for the land and vines and a vision to handcraft wines with purity and balance. The subsequent focus is on unique sites that provide provenance and a vivid sense of place.
Minimal impact and sustainable grape growing results in balanced vineyards that confidently articulate the characteristics of the site and the variety. Soil and vine health are paramount to build resilience and character in the vines. This relationship with the vineyards instils faith and trust in the grapes.
With small batch handling the grapes receive individual care and attention to detail. Gentle winemaking is always preferred with traditional open fermentation, plunging and basket press treatment on the red wines. Additions are also minimised throughout the entire winemaking process. The winemaking is never rushed and the red wines are allowed to clarify naturally over time without the use of fining and filtration. As a result of this philosophy all of the wines are suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans.
Winemaker: Michael Fragos
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