|Awards||90 points: James Halliday|
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 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 NotesAppearance: Luscious, deep plum
Bouquet: The Rascal’ is a wine with a heady cassis, black pepper and anise aroma.
Palate: The tannins are velvety, integrated and balanced with the fruit. The wine was matured in French oak 225 litre barriques. It has a rich texture, ample body, some berry flavours, and a hint of pepper and spice. The seamless integration of the fruit and oak and its length on the palate make this a compelling red wine.
Specific DetailsComposition: 100% Shiraz
Region: McLaren Vale
Alcohol Content: 15.0%
Oak: French oak barriques
Ageing Potential: It is great drinking now but is also a keeper with powerful tannins & great depth that will see it through to 2018.
Awards: James Halliday – 92 points.