The Bordeaux blend is still arguably the most successful of all grapes or blends from the Yarra Valley. At relatively low alcohols the wines are elegant, perfumed and ripe. While approachable as a young wine, Hugh will age gracefully for twenty plus years. In this wine Cabernet Sauvignon is the dominant variety and is complimented by Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.
Black fruits up front, ripe plums and cassis with a smaller amount of red fruit. Tucked neatly behind is a medley of leather, tobacco and smokey notes. However, the only tasting notes that truly matter are yours. We recommend decanting this wine prior to serving. (14-16 degrees)
The 2019 growing season was warm and dry. Below average rainfall and warmer conditions placed huge demands on the plants. Thankfully, in early February the vines welcomed two weeks of cool days and nights returning freshness and vigour. Overall small bunches and small berries characterised the season with above average structure and fruit weight.
WINE ANALYSIS Alc/Vol: 12.5% Acidity: 6g/L pH: 3.57
VINEYARD Town: Yarra Glen Region: Yarra Valley Planted: 1997 Varietals: 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Cabernet Franc, 15% Petit Verdot Aspect: North West Soils: Granitic sand, Grey loam Altitude: 145m Harvested: 6th March 2019
WINEMAKING Fruit: 5% stems added, 14 days on skins Maturation: 13 months in old oak Yeast: Indigenous Fining: None Bottled: 26th May 2020