Black Ops is a limited release from Hugh Hamilton and the first time we have have been able to export it from Australia.
Black Ops was Hugh's chance to experiment and as from that irrefutable source of Gospel Truth: Wikipedia… “A black operation or black op is a covert operation typically involving activities that are highly clandestine and often outside of standard military protocol or even against the law.
Hugh had always wanted to put together Shiraz and Saperavi (an ancient Georgian grape) but had to wait until he had grown enough Saperavi.
The appearance of the Saperavi (pronounced Sapper-are-we) in this blend is indeed covert, totalling 1% of the blend. Boundless savoury and spice notes with dark black and blue fruit provide a full frontal assault. The cachets of dark plum, cinnamon and liquorice open up within a warm, toasty framework – all of which linger while providing a beautifully balanced, fat, luscious mouthfeel on the palate. Love your red wine? Then you to should willingly submit to Black Ops.
Hugh Hamilton is the 5th generation of a large wine dynasty and is regarded as the black sheep of the family.
His daughter and 6th generation of the family, Mary, continues the legacy making Hugh Hamilton Australia’s oldest wine family.
The genesis of Saperavi came about from Hugh's connection with Georgian winemaker Lado Uzunashvili. He waxed lyrical about his country's great red grape and despite its absolute rarity in Australia at the time, Hugh decided to give it a go! 13 vintages later, Hugh Hamilton continues to lead the Australian charge with this exotic Georgian grape.
Brilliant blacks and purples
Rose oil and black tar and floral blossom
Punchy cherry fruit, thyme, tobacco and cedar. Chewy tannins keep fruit generously in check. Lingering notes of fenugreek seeds and maple syrup.
Sapervai is a very food friendly grape due to its natural high acidity. Traditional Georgian food has a plethora of flavours and spices and Saperavi can keep up. Personally we like The Oddball with a good charred steak or slow cooked lamb shoulder.