Hugh Hamilton, “The Scoundrel”, 2013
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.
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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: Tempranillo is not actually known for its colour but with careful viticulture and wine- making the colour produced is a terrific deep purple-red hue.
Bouquet: It’s a very expressive wine with spiced aromas of anise and clove. Its fruit characters are beautifully evident: maraschino cherries and mulberries.
Palate: The aim in making this wine is to faithfully represent the variety so Hugh Hamilton picks it at just the right time: not too ripe, not too green. This ensures a savoury note to the distinctive late-palate tannins and avoids excessive warmth and high alcohol content. It’s spicy, fleshy and generous yet pleasantly drying.
Specific DetailsComposition: 100% Tempranillo
Region: McLaren Vale
Alcohol Content: 13.5%
Oak: French oak barriques
Ageing Potential: Drinks well until 2015
Awards: James Halliday – 86 points.