Chalk Hill – Small Batch McLaren Vale Wines

17-Mar-2012

The Chalk Hill winegrowing operation of the Harvey family in the McLaren Vale, has six generations of involvement. John and Di Harvey have grown the business to six vineyards across the McLaren Vale region. Tom has responsibilities in management and marketing while Jock oversees the vineyards. The winemaking expertise is by way of Emmanuelle Requin-Bekkers, a French-born and trained, with considerable experience in South Australia. She joined Chalk Hill in 2001. The six vineyards are sited for their different topography and diversity. The ‘Chalk Hill' site in the heart of the district, established in 1969 is planted to Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, with Sangiovese and Barbera added. To the north is ‘Long Gully'planted to Shiraz and Viognier, the home vineyard ‘State Creek' is the most southerly, featuring Grenache vines that date back to 1897. The ‘Gateway' vineyard to the north has red soils likened to those of Coonawarra, planted with Shiraz. ‘Wit's End' on the plains, has black clay soils, and is planted to Chardonnay and Shiraz, and the newest vineyard, ‘Wrights' has Shiraz, Barbera and a white originally thought to be Albarino. The ‘Alpha Crucis' label named after the ‘Southern Cross' constellation, was recently introduced as an ultra-premium tier with the 2008 vintage. The 2010s are the second release. www.chalkhill.com.au  www.alphacruciswines.com.au  For New Zealand availability, contact Federal Geo on Tel: 09 578-1823 or visit www.federalgeo.co.nz


FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Chalk Hill McLaren Vale Vermentino 2011
  • Chalk Hill Moscato 2011
  • Chalk Hill McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
  • Chalk Hill McLaren Vale Shiraz 2010
  • Chalk Hill McLaren Vale Sangiovese 2010
  • Chalk Hill McLaren Vale Barbera 2010
  • Alpha Crucis McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
  • Alpha Crucis McLaren Vale Shiraz 2010

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