Richard Hamilton, Hut Block, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2020, McLaren Vale, South Australia

Producer Profile

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.

Viticulture

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.

Winemaking

Fruit was harvested at night to take advantage of cooler temperatures, then de-stemmed and fermented for 8-13 days on skins. Following pressing and malo-lactic fermentation, the wine was filled to predominantly French oak (21% new) and received several rackings. The wine was blended in January 2019 then returned to oak for a further 14 months maturation.

18 months in oak – 21% new French oak, balance in 1-4 year old French and American oak hogsheads.

Tasting Note

Full, rich red with crimson highlights. Ripe cassis, plum and chocolate with a background of cedar from well integrated, balanced oak. A rich, full palate of plush fruits. Tannins are round and succulent, giving length, persistence and longevity.

Goes well with

Try it prime Wagyu, rich pasta or slow cooked duck.

Cellaring

Appealing with its vibrancy on release and has the structure for 10 or more years cellaring to provide more complexity.

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GOLD MEDAL – McLAREN VALE WINE SHOW

Features

Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon 100%
Colour: Red
ABV: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Style: Still Wine
Case Size: 12 x 75cl
Country: Australia
Region: McLaren Vale
Vintage: 2020
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    Weight 1 kg