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Richard Hamilton Wines are reflective of the distinctive McLaren Vale region with its Mediterranean climate producing great value, fruit driven wines. The Hamilton family have been involved in winemaking and grape growing for five generations. Dr Richard Hamilton now continues his family’s long tradition of involvement in the wine industry.
Richard Hamilton are great value wines from vineyards which consistently produce wines of award-winning quality.
Yields in 2020 were affected by weather conditions at flowering and were lower than average. Rainfall from May to August 2019 was slightly above average. Unusual for McLaren Vale, there were spring frost events. Cool November weather affected vines that were just flowering and cool and windy conditions into mid-December affected fruitfulness.
Very hot conditions in the last half of December pushed the temperature above average. Some good rain events helped relieve a dry December. Both January and February were cooler than average providing a longer ripening period without any extremes. Relatively mild conditions continued into March once vintage had begun and with no rain, provided ideal harvest conditions. From modest yield, fruit quality is very good and displays good intensity with elegance.
Striving for a wine that displays the elegance, length and fruit sweetness from Grenache, while the Shiraz provides fine tannin structure and Mourvèdre contributes to the texture. All components were pressed before reaching sugar dryness on skins to retain long but elegant tannins.
Over the years, we have found that our Grenache style wines are more complemented through maturation in used rather than new oak. The components were matured separately for 20 months in 6 year old French oak hogsheads.
Medium to full red with attractive crimson. Subtle use of oak allows the fruit to shine through to reveal attractive hints of boiled fruit cake with cinnamon and cloves. Put it in big glass and savour the fragrance. A beautifully round palate with silky tannins and soft acidity, this wine has lovely persistence and length.
Enjoy this wine with pasta, paella, or rich gamey meals – or enjoy it on its own.
Beautiful and subtle when young – complex with cigar and cedar after 6-8 years.