Hugh Hamilton, “The Mongrel” Sangiovese, 2012
Sangiovese is a great food wine with its fascinating mixture of sweet cherry/berry fruit wrapped around a serious core of acidity & tannins. This is a stylish, medium weighted wine with a bold flavour and a persistent finish.
Hugh Hamilton, “The Rascal” Shiraz, 2012
Premium Shiraz from McLaren Vale’s most visited and award-winning cellar door, Hugh Hamilton wines. Undoubtedly this is still a Shiraz but Hugh decided to harvest his grapes before over-ripening took place. It is not the general blackcurrant notes but more raspberry, licorice instead of plum – and yes, and olives instead of jam. There is oak there, too and French but it is in the background where it should be. A refined result!
We have just a few bottles left of this fine vintage and want to make way for more. This is a great value bin end opportunity!
Hugh Hamilton, “The Scoundrel”, 2013£17.95
Hugh’s Tempranillo is intensely varietal. An aromatic grape, it shows cherry, rhubarb, and raspberry liquorice. Add to that a herbal edge and complexity from barrel age, and it’s an intriguing package. Let it have a bit of air in a glass, and watch it bloom
Under most conditions, Tempranillo is a medium-bodied wine, but with a distinctly savoury heart. This is no exception. It is textured, with fine tannins (derived from the skins of the grape, not the barrels), yet has an evenness on the mid-palate, arising from the natural flesh of the variety. Gentle hints of mint and dried herbs accompany the generosity which is hallmark of our region.
Hugh Hamilton, Black Blood II, Single Vineyard Shiraz 2014£36.00
The ‘Black Blood’ trio are a fascinating journey into single site Shiraz from Hugh Hamilton’s distinct vineyards. Defined by the unique taste of the places where they grow in McLaren Vale, we keep everything else as consistent as possible so you can taste the terroir. Currently we have only been lucky enough to present you Black Blood II as they sell out so quickly in Australia but we are working on Hugh to reserve us some stock!
Heady red berries; Warm baking spices; Hints of mocha; Notes of black pepper.
Velvety and long. The brightness of the fruit is as fresh as the crunch of the grapes at harvest. Chocolatey and mouthfillingly rich.
Black Blood II’ is a wine that undulates with a myriad of flavours. It has a firm core of tannin, but it’s the flesh on the bones that draws the attention. Generous without being over the top. This is a very ‘giving’ wine and will continue to do so for the next decade.
Hugh Hamilton, Floozie, Sangiovese Rosé 2016£13.95
We like our rosé fresh and lively – which is why it’s based on Sangiovese … famed for its crisp acidity and bright aromas and flavours. Floozie will not doubt make for a happier human race – or at least a few select members who partake of this wine!
out of stock
Hugh Hamilton, Jekyll & Hyde, Shiraz Viognier 2015£26.50
If you are a wine geek, you know of ‘co-fermentation’; a process in which two varieties (in this case, red Shiraz and white Viognier) are picked on the same day and blended at the crusher. This produces a result quite different to blending ‘finished’ red and white wines. The tannin and fragrance of the small amount of Viognier are amplified by the process, and the resultant wine is more fragrant and shows greater depth and even-ness of tannin structure than we’d otherwise see. (Hugh won’t mind admitting he swiped the idea from the French).
There aren’t many times I can think of when adding a lighter
colour leads to a darker one but the Jekyll is just that kind of
paradox. By co-fermenting the varieties the Viognier skins help
the colour molecules to form more stable complexes, and thereby
create a darker colour.
NOSE AND PALATE
Fragrant orange blossom, jasmine, and violets. Pulpy dark fruits,
plums, dark cherries, and cedar. The palate rolls with toasty oak,
peach notes, more plums, and firm French oak. The resonant,
lingering palate manages to be both structured and soft textured
– like a favourite pair of jeans.
Hugh Hamilton, Jim Jim Shiraz, 2015£11.95
Jim Jim [The Down-Underdog]
What’s on the label:
“Jim Jim was Hugh’s faithful Labrador/Kelpie, a highly intelligent sheepdog that had some of the native wild dog, the dingo in its genes.
Every vintage Jim Jim would eat Shiraz grapes only when they were ripe for the picking, so with viticultural skills like that Hugh decided he should get his own brand. Jim Jim went to the big kennel in the sky in November 2010 but his talent is remembered in his wines.
Now a little about the wine:
A great nose with distinct varietal spice, hints of earthy complexity and a blend of dark red fruits like blackberries, cherries and raspberries.
A fleshy rich mouth filling palate with hints of vanilla, bright red berries and liquorice. With a spicy finish, lively mid-palate and gentle tannins the focus of this wine is on generosity and approachability which makes it your best friend on the dining room table.
Cellar or Drink?
This wine will reward with ageing up to 2025 but if you want to experience the spirit of Australia in a bottle, its made in a drink now style.
Hugh Hamilton, The Scallywag, 2015£12.50
As the Black Sheep of the family, Hugh Hamilton crafts a modern style chardonnay where the grapes do the talking rather than yesteryear’s manipulated ‘blousey’ wine style. The grapes are from Hugh’s vineyards from the Adelaide Hills which benefit from cool days and nights giving melon fruit flavours. There is subtle texture from a small proportion matured in aged French oak. A refreshing take on Chardonnay.
Go on to watch Hugh’s video on The Scallywag and his analogy how yesteryear’s over-oaked Chardonnay is the kind of girlfriend you won’t be introducing to your Mother!
Hunt Chardonnay, 2016£9.95
The Hunt label is from esteemed winery Dowie Doole.
Pale Straw in colour with aromas of apple and melon complexed by partial oak fermentation. These characters carry through on the full-flavoured palate, which shows the fine balance and a crisp, lingering finish.
Hunt, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2014£9.95
From established and renowned winery Dowie Doole, Hunt Cabernet Sauvignon is a good value wine from a premium estate. Ripe blackcurrant with a hint of eucalyptus and blueberries and supple but present tannin. Made in a ‘drink-now’ style.
Maxwell ‘Little Demon’ Grenache Rosé£12.75
In 1871 Scottish scientist James Clerk Maxwell (Mark Maxwell’s Great Grandfather) proposed a thought experiment, that involved a hypothetical creature acting as a gatekeeper between two compartments to sort gas molecules according to their speed. At first glance, such a system could potentially create energy from nothing… theoretically impossible given the laws of physics. This hypothetical gatekeeper became known to physicists as Maxwell’s Little Demon, and has stirred debate in the science community for more than a century.
Beautiful pink, salmon in colour while aromatic rose, Turkish delight and fresh strawberry gives a very attractive aroma.
The palate is light and fresh showing generous cherry, strawberry and aromatic spices. Well balanced, a drier style of rosé, highlighting the fresh fruit, crisp acidity. The grapes used in this wine are from Mark Maxwell’s 88 year Old Vine Grenache. Top, top grapes used on this wine giving complexity and interest and making it beautifully easy to drink.
Maxwell ‘Minotaur’ Reserve Shiraz 2012£53.95
A feature of the Maxwell estate is the conifer maze adjacent to the old Ellen Street in front of the Winery. Many visitors to the estate take time to stroll down its paths. A labyrinth is a special circular maze that in ancient Greek mythology secured the fearsome might of the half man / half bull Minotaur for King Minos of Crete. We have created the Minotaur label to convey the power and intensity contained within this, our Reserve Shiraz.
COLOUR AND AROMA
Deep purple in colour. An intense perfume of red and black berries, cherry notes balanced by savoury oak and hints of earthiness.
At release the wine displays varietal primary fruit flavours of rich dark berry fruits, robust gamey and complex forest floor notes. Cedar oak tones and ultra-fine tannins underwrite these flavours, to provide structure and length.
Though the balance and integration of flavours upon its release are excellent, the Minotaur Reserve Shiraz is made for medium to long term cellaring. Given satisfactory cellaring conditions, it is expected this wine will drink particularly well at 12 to 15 years of age, and beyond.
Maxwell ‘Silver Hammer’ Shiraz, 2015£13.95
The Maxwell Silver Hammer Shiraz delivers all the hallmarks that make the combination of this variety and the McLaren Vale region so famous – a juicy palate with an abundance of sweet black fruits, ripe plum, mocha and sweet spice with just a dash of freshly ground black pepper. Add to this some subtle creamy oak and long, silky tannins – the result is a wonderfully generous mouthfeel with excellent depth of flavour.
The inspiration for the name is from “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer” a song by the Beatles, sung by Paul McCartney on their album Abbey Road.
Maxwell Honey Mead£14.95
Ideally consumed chilled (over ice), it can also be mixed with soda water, lemonade or dry ginger ale. It has been awarded ‘best pure varietal mead’ at the International Mead Festival Competition in the USA.
Maxwell Liqueur Mead£14.95
Mead at its absolute best! Stunningly rich, aromatic, and intensely flavoured, this is a unique after-dinner liqueur. Starting with a base of Spiced Mead, a special herb & spice infusion is added prior to fortification. An extended barrel maturation of around three years in Maxwell’s cellars completes this limited release mead. Maxwell’s Liqueur Mead has also been twice awarded ‘best dessert mead’ at the International Mead Festival Competition in the USA.
Maxwell Mixed Case£167.00
Maxwell’s estate vineyards are some of the most favourably positioned in the McLaren Vale district. Situated on solid limestone, and in such proximity to the moderating effects of the Gulf of St Vincent, the conditions in the vineyards are ideal and somewhat blessed for producing small quantities of intensely flavoured grapes. Since 1979, the Maxwell family, with its 16 acre estate, have built a solid reputation for producing handmade wines so it makes sense then that the family’s ethos is: “ Life’s too short to drink bad wine”.
The case price of £167 includes a 10% discount. The selection is as follows:
Maxwell Sparkling Mead (500ml)£6.75
This Mead is made by fermenting pure Australian honey using a method as old as history; In ancient times mead was ‘nectar’ to the Greek Gods and to the Vikings it was the honeymoon drink, believed to have virtues of an aphrodisiac. The Sparkling Mead displays hints of cinnamon and clove, together with stone fruits, citrus and the delicate flavour of ginger.
Super for a festive sparkle or just as good in the summer served over crushed ice and garnished with fresh mint.
Maxwell Spiced Mead£14.95
Traditionally served hot (not boiling) to enhance its aromas and warm the soul, it can also find uses in the kitchen as an ingredient in cakes and fruit pies. Try serving it chilled with dry ginger ale, ice and mint.