One might expect a certain parochial attitude or nature in a family wine company with history dating back more than 150 years, but Hugh Hamilton seems to embrace the idea of living by his own rules and altering expectations. A self-delcared “black sheep”, it is fair to say that Hugh Hamilton’s wines are every bit as individual, characterful and unpretentious as the man himself. However, to allow the playful wine names and branding to define one’s understanding of Hugh Hamilton Wines would be to ignore his lifetime love-affair with wine; a love-affair which has allowed him to accrue tools and knowledge central to these bold and delicious bottlings. In an era where the ubiquitous emergence of Shiraz has defined the Australian wine landscape for many consumers around the world, Hugh has embraced a decidedly diverse collection of cultivars here on his property in the heart of McLaren Vale. In addition to Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, the estate vineyards are home to plantings of Sangiovese, Tempranillo and Saperavi (a relative obscure grape emerging from the vineyards of Georgia). When you open a bottle from Hugh Hamilton Wines, you will enjoy a product that delivers big bold concentrated flavours from a producer who believes that low yields, limited irrigation and less human and chemical intervention makes for better wines. This collection delivers everything you expect from the best of McLaren Vale – and few surprises. With Hugh Hamilton, that’s half the fun!
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