March 19, 2010

Hugo McLaren Vale Grenache Shiraz 2008

Spicy sweet ripe fruit is the order of the day. Approachable, easy drinking and very good value also spring to mind with this wine.  The Grenache (60% of the blend)is dry grown and so is 15% of the Shiraz that is in the blend.  The result is upfront cherry pie and spicy raspberry fruit characters with some nutty leathery savouriness and soft vanilla. The length is supple and long.  The winemaker even suggests this wine could be chilled slightly, but I think that it is good without seeing the inside of the fridge. The only catch is that it is available through cellar door or if you are very lucky and live in South Australia you might find it at your local store. www.hugowines.com.au

Date: February 2010   Price: $19    Value: $$$    Drink: Now – 5 years

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