Chapel Valley Vineyard is owned and farmed by Sam Virgara.
Site location: Piccadilly Valley – Adelaide Hills
Map coordinates: -34.974428,138.737142
Clones: 114 & 115
Elevation: 490 meters
Soil: Dark loam and clay at the top of the slope, going to grey sandy loam towards bottom of the rows, gravel mix, clay subsoil.
Aspect: South facing
Harvest: 3rd April 2014
Hand-picked and destemmed to an open-top fermenter with 20% whole bunches, followed by a 5 day cold soak prior to fermentation.
Gently hand plunged twice daily, with the ferment temperature peaking at 30°C.
Pressed directly to oak for 10 months maturation, 100% French, 20% new oak, lees stirred in oak for 2 months.
Unfined, unfiltered and vegan.
Bottled 2nd February 2015 – 1,134 bottles, 94 doz.
Leeks grew on this gravelly south facing slope until Sam Virgara decided to plant one of the best Pinot Noir vineyards in the Piccadilly Valley. Lifted cherry, spearmint and citrus, with hints of lavender and forest. The palate wind swept with sandy tannin.
Drinking... Ready to drink upon release or cellar to 2026.
Alcohol 13.5% alc/vol
94 points - James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion
93 points - Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front