Hugh Hamilton 'The Mongrel' Sangiovese

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Hugh Hamilton 'The Mongrel' Sangiovese

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Vintage: 2020
McLaren Vale, SA

ALC: 14.5%

Sang has come a long way from sitting on a red chequered table cloth next to powdered parmesan in a shaker. Like a recently dumped teenager, at some point Sangiovese totally reinvented itself. Or maybe, rediscovered itself. Now, it’s the person on the dancefloor you can’t take your eyes off. Light on its feet, assertive in its own way and downright joyous. When it comes to flavour, think freshly baked cherry pie cooling by the window. Pulp to pip ripe fruit, baking spices. Yum.

Every family has a black sheep. Hugh Hamilton wines happen to have more than one. Hugh's McLaren Vale wine family dynasty stretches back 180 years, when Hugh's great-great grandfather planted Australia's first grapes (thank goodness). Now Hugh is master of a most reprobate range of varieties from the classics to the more eclectic. When it comes to tasting these wines, you can expect to enjoy the difference.


Sangiovese is enigmatic to the point of being problematic. It will not be pushed in a direction that it doesn’t want to go. I got a whole lot better at working with it when I realised that what I want matters very little to this grape. Sangiovese is unlike any other wine we make and while it has taken time to find a way to make it really express itself I think this years’ Sangio is living its best life. Cherry pie, pink lady apple skin, rose petal, and woody baked spices. An earthy sweet tobacco gives the ethereal grounding. The decidedly medium weight of the palate is fresh and full of fruit sweetness. Lush and lingering.


If you don’t eat Italian with a Sangiovese like this, you’re practically inviting the mafia to hunt you down. Go for a thick, rich, garlicky pasta here. Or pizza. Pizza is a winner forever and always, and deserves to have many love poems written in its honour.


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09 Nov 2021
Pascal L.
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One of my favorites shiraz. Decent price for the quality. Highly recommend.

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