St Hugo has been a long established name in Australian wine, namely due to the iconic Cabernet Sauvignon from Coonawarra. Made from premium Barossa Valley fruit that provides dark berry fruits with opulent herb and spice characters. With a cellaring potential of over 10 years, this Shiraz can proudly wear the St Hugo name.
The wine’s rich and fresh flavour expresses the intensity of the vintage in Barossa. Elegant fine tannins are felt across the palate and the subtle oak influence yields cedar and soft charry notes on the finish. This wine is beautifully balanced, with excellent structure and length typifying the St Hugo Heritage of power and elegance. The nose promises classic Barossa Shiraz, with a heady and a complex mix of dark fruits and spice mingling with toasted cedar aromas which unfold over time in the glass.
Varied winemaking techniques from traditional open fermenters and modern sweeping arm fermenters were used to provide two distinctive wine style components for the blend. The individual vineyard blocks were harvested and were crushed separately to fermenters. Fermentation was controlled between 20 and 28’C with time on skins, ranging from 12 to 18 days, carefully monitored to allow the wine parcels to develop power without compromising their elegance or freshness. Following pressing individual vineyard batches were matured separately in 53% new French oak and 21% new American oak and the balance in used oak for 19 months. The preference towards French oak was to target a tighter, more structural and elegant expression of Barossa Shiraz. Each barrel was assessed for quality and appropriateness of wine style with only those best suited being utilised in the final blend. The wine was further matured for 10 months in barrels prior to release.