Hugh Hamilton 'Black Ops' Shiraz Saperavi

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Hugh Hamilton 'Black Ops' Shiraz Saperavi

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Vintage: 2020
McLaren Vale, SA
ALC: 15%

We 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, with that of Georgia (the former Soviet republic): Saperavi. 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.

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.


At the Western end of our Black Sheep Block is a pocket of Shiraz that lands a mighty punch of meaty-spiciness that couples perfectly with our exotic Saperavi. Contrasting, but complimentary and complex, this has fast become the backbone of the Black Ops Blend.


In keeping with the covert and highly original nature of this blend, we suggest that you be adventurous. Take the path less travelled: kangaroo with dukkah crust or redcurrant glaze; or maybe roast pork brushed with soy and black bean. Go rogue!


JH Score: 95 Points

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