|Grape Type(s)||Sangiovese 85%, Merlot 10%, Tempranillo 5%|
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 HamiltonHugh is the fifth generation of the family that planted the first vineyards at Glenelg in 1837, less than one year after European settlement in South Australia. As with all families one is a black sheep and Hugh Hamilton is it. You can expect therefore to enjoy the difference.
The black sheep is the master of a most reprobate flock, with characters such as ‘The Rascal’ Shiraz, ‘The Scallywag’ Unwooded Chardonnay and ‘The Villain’ Cabernet Sauvignon – this is no ordinary line up. The wines are not ordinary either. There is a fascinating range of very individualistic wines that have great character.
Hugh has a clear vision about the way he sees wines and he produces accordingly. He is a firm believer in the wine and food experience. Neither is magic. Both are great, especially in the company of good friends and lively conversation. His wines therefore are eminently drinkable and certainly very “more-ish”; (that means you’ll always come back for the next glass!). These wines are not simple. They have such character and depth of flavour they can become a topic of dinner party conversation on their own.
"Wine is constant proof that God loves us and likes to see us happy." so said Benjamin Franklin, and Hugh agrees.
Brief Tasting NotesAll in the Name: As the name suggests this is an unusual blend of two grape varieties: Sangiovese an Italian variety native to Tuscany Spanish grape, Tempranillo. With a multicultural heritage like that it’s no wonder this wine is named ‘The Mongrel’.
Appearance: Bright cherry red
Bouquet: The predominant term for Sangiovese is 'cherry', but generally it's more the sweet aroma of preserved Morello cherries than those fresh off the tree. The wine displays sweet cherry (and raspberry) fruit, plus hints of rustic earthiness, and a touch of sage and rosemary. The Merlot contributes some plummy sweetness, and the Shiraz a hint of spice.aroma has a combination of caramel and mushroom- truffle character, with a suggestion of spice.
Palate: Sangiovese is a great food wine with its fascinating mixture of sweet cherry/berry fruit wrapped around a serious core of acidity & tannins. It cuts through the most robust Italian pasta sauces and is as much about texture as flavour. This is a stylish, medium weighted wine with a bold flavour and a persistent finish. The Mongrel is a crazy ensemble that works.
Specific DetailsComposition: Sangiovese blend (85%), Merlot (10%) and Shiraz (5%)
Region: McLaren Vale
Alcohol Content: 14%
Oak: French Oak barriques
Ageing Potential: Up to 5 years - its core of fresh acidity and savoury tannin will last longer, and that’s when its cherry and raspberry fruit is at its best.
Awards: Decanter World Wine Awards 2010 – Bronze International Wine Challenge 2010 - Commended