Chapel Hill The Devil House Block Shiraz 2020


This is a new release from Chapel Hill to mark the 50th anniversary of this outstanding McLaren vale producer. The name comes from the ‘devil is in the detail’ line that reflects winemakers Michael Fragos’s and Bryn Richards’s approach to the vineyard and the winery. The small House Block is the oldest on the property and during the past 10 years its 0.8 hectares have been a focus of improvement to realise their great potential. The block itself sits on soils that are 550 million years old…wow. It is a fabulous wine that captures so much of this great region, expressed with such poise and grace. Seductive aromas of florals with savoury influences and traces of dried herbs. The palate has a grainy almost gravelly feel with the fruit held tightly, but with finesse by the mix of chalky tannins and super fine-grained oak. The colour is brilliant, and the wine exudes vibrance and vitality. Super stuff.