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.
Fruit was selected from low-yielding vineyards displaying the intensity and density of fruit flavours that typify the best of the varieties from the Barossa and Coonawarra. Regular vineyard visits by the winemaking team during the ripening period was essential to determine the best picking time. All fruit was harvested and delivered separately to the winery where it was crushed into small static fermenters.
After fermentation on skins each parcel was pressed, the free run and pressings combined, and the wine filled to a carefully assembled selection of French and American oak hogsheads for malolactic fermentation and further maturation. After 20 months of oak maturation, the composition of the blend was reviewed and the ratios further refined. Blending Cabernet and Shiraz is an Australian winemaking tradition and gives the ability to blend a wine with great depth of fruit flavour whilst maintaining defined structure and the ability to age. Every barrel was carefully evaluated at blending, and only those meeting our highest quality standards were included in the final blend. The final barrel selection resulted in a blend of 62% first use French oak, 18% first use American oak and 20% older oak.
In Coonawarra, a warm dry spring brought on flowering early, with excellent fruit set on full bunches. Continued warmth with no excessive heat waves saw full ripening of high quality Cabernet Sauvignon with great flavour intensity, high colour and strong tannin structure. The 2013 vintage in the Barossa Valley was one of the driest, earliest and quickest in memory. The flowering period was particularly volatile, with a number of violent lightning storms. As a result, yields were below average but fruit quality was high, allowing winemakers to craft wines of exceptional colour and tannin depth.
|St Hugo Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz 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