Chapel Hill The Parson Cabernet ​Sauvignon 2017

Price : $15

VALUE FOR MONEY?

March 1, 2019

Chapel Hill The Parson Cabernet Sauvignon is a circa $15 Cab Sav that’s stocked by Dan Murphy’s and BWS. It’s also a nice drop, which makes it somewhat of a rare beast around that price. Cabernet Sauvignon is one of those varieties you often have to fork out serious money for. Cheaper Cabernet wines, or related blends like Cab Merlot tend not to taste like their variety at all. They can certainly be drinkable, but they taste like generic red wine, rather than Cabernet, per se. That’s been my experience anyway, but it’s not the case with this wine. It tastes of both Cabernet and McLaren Vale, so it’s a winner straight out of the gates.

The Chapel Hill winery is named after, you guessed it, a chapel on a hill, specifically a historic ironstone chapel built on a ridge in McLaren Vale. The story goes that the old chapel, built in the 1860s for local farming families, had been closed for some years and was in a run-down state when it caught the eye of an Adelaide Professor named Thomas Nelson in the 1970s. Naturally, Nelson did what anyone who liked the look of an old, boarded-up church would do: he bought it and started planting grape vines. Forty-odd years on, Chapel Hill has passed through the hands of a few owners but seems to be going strong.

The Review: Chapel Hill The Parson Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

It smelt a little off on first pour so I gave it 20 minutes in the glass before tasting. Nothing unusual in that. A little air revealed a lovely nose of blackcurrant, violets, cloves and cedar. It’s full-bodied on the palate and full of flavour but still manages to feel somehow light on its feet. There’s a gentle line of acidity to complement the fruit flavours with fine tannins on the finish. Great stuff, and excellent value at the price.

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  • Region: McLaren Vale

  • Alcohol Percentage: 14.5%

  • Liquorland
  • BWS

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