A superb wine - perfectly blended to create a seamless, deep and complex blend with silky tannins and excellent cellaring potential.
A fine balance between sweet fruit and fine structural tannin. Bright, dark berry flavours give the wine depth and generosity with dusty tannins holding it together. Oak adds a lovely char and spice elements to this wine of power and elegance.
The key to producing St Hugo is the vineyard is in the selection process. Each Coonawarra vineyard was carefully monitored as ripening progressed and only those parcels exhibiting excellent potential in terms of colour, varietal expression and tannin structure were set aside as candidates for inclusion in the St Hugo blend. All grapes delivered to the winery were de-stemmed and crushed into static fermenters.
Extraction of colour, flavour and tannin was achieved by “pumping over” regularly, allowing the fermenting juice to percolate through the skins. Full drain and returns were also employed at various stages through fermentation to help build structured yet supple tannin profiles. Once optimum colour, flavour and tannin extraction were achieved, the young wines were drained from the skins; the skins were then pressed, and the pressings fractions returned to the free-run. Malolactic fermentation and 22 months’ maturation took place in 55% new French oak and 7% new American oak hogsheads, with balance in a mix of used oak. Tasting of individual parcels revealed those that showed the distinctive regional and varietal characteristics required for St Hugo, and these were used to create the final blend. The wine was matured for an additional 14 months in bottled prior to release to allow the wine to integrate further.
The 2013 vintage in Coonawarra was one of note as the warm and dry growing season gave way to a cooler autumn. This allowed the fruit to ripen in a consistent and even manner giving full flavour ripeness, the lateness of the autumn rains allowed fruit to be harvest at the optimum time by the winemaker in pristine condition.
|St Hugo Cabernet Sauvignon 14% ABV||Per 10g of alcohol (89 mL):||Per (150 mL) serving:|
|*These calculations are based on the wine produced under this label (in the current vintage if wine is vintaged). Please note variances of +/-5% might occur between vintages or between blends of a vintage.|
Daniel has a flair for making wines that are beautifully distinctive in style. With his talents he harnesses the potential of the grapes, perfectly balancing fruit intensity with fine structural tannins, to create St Hugo wines with power and elegance that are the best possible expression of the fruit from each vintage.Learn more