Shiraz McLaren Vale South Australia
The Hugo family property was a mixed farming enterprise, dairy and sheep stud, almonds and tomato, not to mention a paddock or two of grapevine for personal consumption. The first commercial vintage of Shiraz was in 1979 but a Reserve quality Shiraz was not considered for another twenty years. Limited yields from the oldest blocks are treated to an extravagant fermentation in completely new French and American oak barriques, after an inspection and barrel cull, the very finest lots are assembled into the McLaren Flat flagship Hugo Reserve Shiraz.
Intense purple ruby hues. Clean, rich aromas of plum, dates and spice, supported by toasty vanilla oak. Concentrated dark berry fruit characters, currants and blackberry, seasoned by spice, cinnamon and black pepper, chocolates and regional spearmint. Discernibly dry grown, a classic complex, velvety mouthfeel with well integrated tannins before an intense, aromatically spiced bramble finish. A match to red wine brisket and melted cheddar pie.