|Grape Type(s)||88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Sauvignon Blanc|
Hugh Hamilton ‘Stunt Double’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc 2017
Elusive and fiercely independent Black Sheep wines from Hugh Hamilton will not be pinned down. The Dark Arts is a range of wines from varieties that are not meant to go together, but work! They refuse to be part of the status quo; they are wine as art. Made off the grid in an unconventional style that is all about varietals in quirky combos.
There is nothing quite like the thrill of seeing the unexpected triumph over the norm – no less spectacular than watching a man in a jumpsuit leap 19 cars on a Harley and stick the landing. What could easily be seen as no more than a publicity stunt is actually a true and death-defying leap into the unknown. It’s not as crazy as you may think, or maybe it is. Either way, it works.
“We took a great Cabernet and started to blend in increasing percentages of a very special Sauvignon Blanc and stopped when we liked it best. This is as basic as blending gets. All it required was a willingness to challenge expectations. Highly perfumed Cabernet from the Black Sheep Vineyard has been back blended with textured, wild, barrel fermented Sauvignon Blanc to the benefit of both.”
BOUQUET AND PALATE
A heady mix of blackcurrant and Brut 33. Massively perfumed with woodsy spice and forest floor, there is also an exotic sweaty floral lift that lends a compelling depth and complexity. A textural conundrum – firm without overt grip – assertive yet soft.