St Hugo Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
St Hugo Cabernet Sauvignon Coonawarra 2013 fine balance between sweet fruit and fine structural tannin. Bright, dark berry flavours give the wine depth and generosity with dusty tannins holding it together. Oak adds a lovely char and spice elements to this wine of power and elegance.
Full depth crimson red with purple hues. Lifted and intense on the nose with blackberry, five spice and briary complexity layered over oak derived notes of cedar and cinnamon.
Rich dark fruits fill a palate that is both crisp and concentrated. Velvety, fresh fine grained tannins with balanced acidity give flow and length to the palate. Considered oak completes the layers in this outstanding vintage resulting in a wine that carries the classic St Hugo signature of power and elegance.
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The key to producing St Hugo is the vineyard is in the selection process. Each Coonawarra vineyard was carefully monitored as ripening progressed and only those parcels exhibiting excellent potential in terms of colour, varietal expression and tannin structure were set aside as candidates for inclusion in the St Hugo blend. All grapes delivered to the winery were de-stemmed and crushed into static fermenters.
Extraction of colour, flavour and tannin was achieved by “pumping over” regularly, allowing the fermenting juice to percolate through the skins. Full drain and returns were also employed at various stages through fermentation to help build structured yet supple tannin profiles. Once optimum colour, flavour and tannin extraction were achieved, the young wines were drained from the skins; the skins were then pressed, and the pressings fractions returned to the free-run. Malolactic fermentation and 22 months’ maturation took place in 55% new French oak and 7% new American oak hogsheads, with balance in a mix of used oak. Tasting of individual parcels revealed those that showed the distinctive regional and varietal characteristics required for St Hugo, and these were used to create the final blend. The wine was matured for an additional 14 months in bottled prior to release to allow the wine to integrate further.
The 2013 vintage in Coonawarra was one of note as the warm and dry growing season gave way to a cooler autumn. This allowed the fruit to ripen in a consistent and even manner giving full flavour ripeness, the lateness of the autumn rains allowed fruit to be harvest at the optimum time by the winemaker in pristine condition. Winery Notes
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