There are two vineyards that comprise the Chapel Hill Estate. The Winery Vineyard was first planted in 1977 by Tom Nelson after he purchased the Old Chapel and adjoining land in 1973. At our Winery Vineyard we are fortunate to be the custodians of one of the most unique and inspiring sites in McLaren Vale. The gentle undulating soils, which are derived from prized ancient rock formations, are further enhanced by our elevation as the site perfectly capitalises on the beneficial coastal influence.
For this reason we decided to showcase the splendour of our winery vineyards in ‘The Chosen’ range of single block wines, consisting of:
- Road Block Shiraz
- House Block Shiraz
- Gorge Block Cabernet Sauvignon
- and the Gorge Block Chardonnay, which sits in our McLaren Vale range.
Grape varieties that are planted at the 14 hectare Winery Vineyard include Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Mourvedre.
The Kangarilla Vineyard was first planted in 1995. The vineyard is nestled in the foothills of the Mt Lofty Ranges. Due to the influence of the slight elevation and the moderating affect of the cooling gully breezes we are able to achieve favourable slower ripening conditions to obtain optimum flavour development, whilst still retaining stylish varietal definition and purity.
As a result we have focussed our white varieties at the Kangarilla Vineyard as it is an ideal site within McLaren Vale to capture the more delicate fruit characters associated with these white varieties. The more moderate climate is also conducive to nurturing some of the more charismatic European varieties that have not acclimatised to our warmer Australian summer temperatures.
Grape varieties that are planted at the 27 hectare Kangarilla Vineyard include Chardonnay, Verdelho, Sangiovese and Shiraz.