Hugh Hamilton 'Black Ops' Shiraz Saperavi
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McLaren Vale, SA
We Wine Brothers love a Black Operation...
You don’t need to know much, other than the ‘Black Ops’ side of this wine is the blending of Australia’s great red grape, Shiraz (85%), with that of Georgia (the former Soviet republic): Saperavi (15%). It’s a Dark Art, blending, and in this case it has produced something rare and special. When was it done? Shortly before bottling, after the wines had been matured in barrel. Hugh wanted to be sure they’d work as a team, and not assassinate each other as soon as he turned his back.
This wine is a fascinating mixture of the red and black berries of Shiraz; with a whiff of liquorice which is text-book McLaren Vale Shiraz. And the Saperavi? Look for the spices underlying the liquorice of the Shiraz. And an ever-so-subtle hint of chocolatey oak.