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Chapman Grove

PO Box 1460, Margaret River, 6285

Cellar Door: By appointment

Ph: (08) 9364 3885

Chapman Grove is based on 32 ha of vines in the southern part of the Margaret River.

The company was founded by Ron Fraser, a former Victorian wine retailer who made the move to WA in 1999.

The vineyard is dedicated to Chardonnay, Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The wines come in three ranges: the budget Dreaming Dog, the mid-range Chapman Grove label; and the premium Atticus label.

The wines are contract-made under the direction of Bruce Duke at Naturaliste Vinters.

The Atticus Cabernet and Chardonnay have become regular high performers and award winners on the wine show circuit.

Tasting Notes

There are three types of Tasting notes:

(W) Notes from the winery (blurbs from bottle)

(GXY) Notes from a GenXY wine reviewer

(G) Notes from GenXY's Tasting events (collective opinions)

Chapman Grove Reserve Chardonnay 2014

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2019

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2016, fragrant nectarine, lemon butte and peach with light leesy creaminess, a good line of lemony acidity and restrained hazelnut-vanilla oak (***1/2)

Chapman Grove Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2016, perfumed barrel fermented style showing passionfruit, guava and cut grass with tobacco and flint notes. a racy lemony acid spine and a bright mineral finish (****)

Chapman Grove Rose 2013

Purchased: Cellarbrations, St. Kilda ($18)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Jan 2015, Shiraz-based, vivid crimson colour, dry and spicy redcurrant and watermelon with herb nuances, on a fuller end of the Rose spectrum, slightly dusty phenolics with a whisper of clove on the crisp finish (***)

Chapman Grove Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Purchased:  Not ($20)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2014, Gold Medals at Melbourne and Perth Royal Wine Shows 2013,  intensely perfumed, textured and creamy blackcurrant, cut grass, lime and guava with tobacco and flint notes, fairly full bodied and seamless leading to a minerally finish, massive step up from the sweaty 2010 release (*****)

Chapman Grove Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Purchased:  Not ($20)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2014, Gold Medal at the Royal Melbourne Wine Show 2013, highly aromatic, creamy blackcurrant, cut grass and tropical fruit with flint notes, textural and dusty with a tight line of orange peel acidity (*****)

Chapman Grove Reserve Shiraz 2010

Purchased:  Not ($27)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2014, smooth and glycerolly blackcurrant and dark plum with mint and white pepper notes, medium bodied with some earthy mushroom undertones, the tannins are finely grained with plenty of toasty cinnamon/clove/coffee oak (***1/2)

Chapman Grove Cabernet Merlot 2010

Purchased: Not ($22)

Drink: 2019

(GXY) Tasting: July 2013, this is a fresh, well balanced 60:40 blend showing an evenly ripened core of glossy blackcurrant and redcurrants with black olive and violet notes, earthy and medium bodied with persistent powdery tannins (****)

Chapman Grove Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2010

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: June 2012, rather sweaty and vegetal Sauvignon Blanc flavours come to the fore, peppery red capsicum, cut grass, snowpea and tamarillo, the Semillon brings some lanolin and crisp lemony acids, chalky and slightly dilute finish, style will suit very spicy food (***)

Chapman Grove Atticus Chardonnay 2005

Purchased: Not ($55)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: June 2009, stylish and complex wine showing multiple barrel ferment and lees inputs, nectarine, white peach and stonefruit with lemon butter, butterscotch and fig notes, buttery palate with refreshing grapefruit acidity, toasty cashew-vanilla oak (****1/2)

Chapman Grove Atticus Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

Purchased: Not ($55)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: June 2009, Gold Medal at Sydney Royal Wine Show 2008, taut but dense blackcurrant and mulberry, is just starting to loosen up, medium bodied with strong expression of the regional earthy texture and tannic backbone, well integrated with quality French oak, polished and classy (****1/2)

Chapman Grove Atticus Shiraz 2004

Purchased: Not ($55)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: June 2009, quite aromatic, lively plum, black cherry and mulberry, the medium-full bodied palate is now quite smooth and silky with savoury and earthy aspects, very fine tannins creamy cedar-vanilla oak (****)

Chapman Grove Margaret River Chardonnay 2005

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: June 2009, Bronze Medal at Margaret River Wine Show 2006, lively nectarine, white peach and stone fruit, creamy lemon butter palate with hazelnut notes, chalky lemon acids with toasty vanilla oak (****)

Chapman Grove Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2008

Purchased: Not ($19)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: June 2009, Bronze Medal at Perth Royal Wine Show 2007, softer style showing tropical fruit, lemon sherbert and cut grass, spicy finish with controlled herbaceousness and crisp lemon acids (***1/2)

Chapman Grove Margaret River Merlot 2005

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: June 2009, Bronze Medal at Margaret River Wine Show 2006, spicy plum and raspberry, medium bodied with some vegetal notes with toasty mocha-chocolate oak, fine tannins (***)