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2014 Hugo Cabernet Sauvignon

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Hugo Wines are one of the McLaren Vale’s best-kept secrets, making wines that are a joyous representation of the region. This Cabernet is a perfect example of a grape style that the area is not famed for, however this proves to be a worthy exception. If you wanted evidence that this grape is all about nobility then just taste this cracking example. Intense aromas of black cherry and licorice lead to a long, layered and lingering palate.

Winemaker's Notes

Colour: Clean, deep ruby red in colour

Bouquet: Clean ripe plum and dark berry fruits, along with woody herbs, dried autumn leaves, violets and a touch of spice/vanilla from the oak maturation

Palate: Rich mouth filling plummy fruit, dark chocolate with plush mid-palate fruit and soft, fine tannins. The oak is well integrated and supports the rich fruit flavours while adding complexity

Serve with: Duck rilletes with piccalilli, braised goat ragu or game pie

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2014 Hugo Cabernet Sauvignon

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; picked at the right time, then spent 15 months in French and American oak; there are some pleasant cassis and chocolate fruit flavours, but the wine needs more depth and structure, and less American oak.
To 2015
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
88
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Medium to full red-purple; an interesting outcome from earlier harvesting and regional (bitter chocolate) influences; the variety speaks loudest with savoury dark fruits, and just a touch of green bean tannins.
To 2017
Australian Wine Companion 2013
88
Rob Geddes MW (2006 Vintage) says
McLaren Vale can do full-bodied, full-flavoured, firm-finishing cabernet easily as those wines attest.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010 2009
87
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Medium-bodied wine with varietal expression enhanced by the vintage; good balance.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
89
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
A firm, medium- to full-bodied palate, tightly structured, with strong olive and leaf components; mimics cool-grown fruit.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
88
Rob Geddes MW (2005 Vintage) says
McLaren Vale can do full-bodied, full flavoured, firm-finishing cabernet easily as these wines attest.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
87
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Tight, savoury; I'm not sure the screwcap has done this wine any favours — or, perhaps, vice versa.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
86
Rob Geddes MW (2003 Vintage) says
McLaren Vale can do full-bodied, full flavoured, firm-finishing cabernet easily as these wines attest.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
86
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Clean, medium-bodied blend of blackcurrant and dark chocolate fruit; persistent but ripe tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
89
Jeremy Oliver (2002 Vintage) says
Slightly dull, earthy and meaty aromas of green-edged fruit, capsicum and perhaps some stale oak precede a medium-bodied palate whose moderately firm and drying tannins frame a herbaceous and jammy expression of plum and cherry flavour. Finishes a little green-edged, with a question mark over its oak.
Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
85
Jeremy Oliver (2001 Vintage) says
A punchy, flavoursome cabernet with juicy ripeness and approachability. Its slightly stewed aromas of blackberries and redcurrants, menthol and eucalypt overlie some lightly smoky creamy oak. Smooth, generous and uncomplicated, the palate is soft and round, with sweet cassis/plum flavours and chocolate-like oak influences.
Australian Wine Annual 2005 2004
86
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
86
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; the bouquet is clean, moderately intense, with fresh red and blackcurrant fruit, and regional dark chocolate adding another layer of flavour on the palate. Fine tannins, neatly judged oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
87
James Halliday (1999 Vintage) says
Medium to full red-purple; fragrant cassis aromas and nicely handled oak flow into a palate with good structure, clear, ripe berry varietal character, and neatly balanced tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
93

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