Shiraz McLaren Vale South Australia
There are over thirty hectares of estate plantings on the Hugo family property, much of the harvest goes to some of Australia's most esteemed brands, the best parcels however, are reserved and released under the Hugo label. Consistency of quality from vintage to vintage is the objective, making wine from the pick of estate grown fruit makes it a reality. A precious component of low cropped, dry grown old vines fruit, greatly enhances the depth of flavour and overall complexity. A Shiraz of opulence and finesse, to match with standing rib of prime roast beef.
Selection of site was essential to the success of the Hugo property for viticulture. The climate, soils and proximity of McLaren Flat to the coast are contributing factors in maintaining the quality each and every year. Colin Hugo established Shiraz vines on the family farm 1950s, John Hugo followed in his father's footsteps, assuming responsibility as steward of the vineyard during the 1970s and taking the initiative to retain the best grapes for his own label. The finest parcels of Shiraz are crushed and cold soaked in fermenters, inoculated and treated to a controlled vinification, followed by a course of malolactic. Batches are transferred to a selection of finely coopered American oak barrels for extended maturation before release.
Deep red with ruby/purple hues. Lifted, clean fruit scents of mulberry, raspberry and plum, seasoned by notes of nutty vanilla oak and a twist of milled black pepper. Luscious black and red fruit flavours, currants and mulberry, bramble and mineral oak notes, supported by a length of elegant tannins and hint of cinnamon spice, before a warm, lingering finish.