Chapel Hill Strikes Gold in Prestigious Wine Competitions in the United Kingdom and France


Renowned McLaren Vale estate, Chapel Hill, has once again struck gold on the international stage with its distinctive regional wines.

The recently released 2008 Chapel Hill McLaren Vale Shiraz was one of only five Australian wines awarded a Gold Medal at the prestigious Syrah du Monde competition held in France.

Almost 400 entries from 27 countries were vying for the honours, with only 37 wines receiving Gold Medals.

Chapel Hill senior winemaker Michael Fragos said: “It is a great honour and privilege to have your wines recognised on the international stage. This award recognises the uniqueness of McLaren Vale and the quality of the wines the region continues to produce.

Across the Channel in London, the 2005 Chapel Hill McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon continues to win accolades.

Last week the UK Sommeliers Association awarded it a Gold Medal in the 2010 Sommelier Wine Awards for its “character, value and excellence.”

Judge and restaurateur, Michael Moore, described it as “A rich wine that is great value for money”.

These awards follow on from Chapel Hill’s inclusion in the UK magazine Decanter’s Top 20 South Australian wine producers, and the listing of two Chapel Hill wines in prominent UK wine critic Matthew Jukes’ annual Top 100 wines.

Mr Fragos said: “I have worked in McLaren Vale for over 20 years and it is always with great satisfaction that our wines are enjoyed for their quality and personality.

“McLaren Vale is unique historically and geographically. The ancient rocks on which it is based – together with its coastal location — impart the fruit it produces with a true regional signature.

“Capturing that in the glass and sharing it with people around the world has been a life long passion for me and the Chapel Hill team.

“Look out for the 2010 vintage — from what I have seen it is one of the greats.”