100% in 3-5 year old French hogsheads
Cassis fruit with hints of mint make this wine a definitive Cabernet Sauvignon. Hints of vanilla, cinnamon and mocha from oak maturation have augmented the fruit and contribute complexity. The palate, with excellent blackberry fruit flavours within a medium bodied structure, has a beautiful persistence and long, soft tannins.
16 months in a mixture of French and American oak
16 months in French oak (40% new)
BURTON'S VINEYARD, Grenache
18 months in older French oak
A delicious Sauvignon Blanc from the cooler Adelaide Hills regions. The fragrant nose shows passionfruit and cut grass, typical of Sauvignon Blanc. The palate is a vibrant dry style showing full flavoured lingering passionfruit with a beautiful crisp and zesty finish.
HUT BLOCK, Cabernet Sauvignon
14 months in a mixture of French and American oak
This is a fruit dominant wine showing mint, plum and black pepper. The oak imparts notes of cinnamon and nutmeg to augment the nose. Expect to see cedar characters as the wine matures. A very stylish, medium bodied Shiraz showing soft tannins, lovely sweet fruit and good length with hints of pepper and plum flavours.
A classic Australian blend shows attractive, ripe violets and cherries on the nose. Seasoned oak allows the fruit to dominate the palate, but spice and white pepper balance this out beautifully.
Made from Grenache vines planted in 1947, this Grenache is a real labout of love. The nose shows Cherries, Cedar and a little pepper, the palate is elegant with bright fruit and soft tannins. The oak play a supporting role here, allowing the fruit to shine.
Made from 121 year old Vnes, the 2013 vintage of the Centurion is a knock out. The amount of work that is put into this small production wine is insane. The nose shows typical Shiraz chararacters of pepper, spice and dark fruit, with mocha from the new french oak. The full bodied palate has great length, but tempered with fine, long tannins to give finesse, elegance and style.
Hamilton is one of the original Australian winemaking families. In 1837 Richard Hamilton founded the Hamilton Vineyards, just south of Adelaide in 1837. It was planted with stock brought by the family from South Africa, en route from England.
Five winemaking generations later, in 1972, Richard's great-great-grandson Dr Richard Hamilton established a small winery in McLaren Vale under the guidance of his father Burton, a noted viticulturist, and uncle, renowned vigneron, Sydney Hamilton.
Their various vineyards in McLaren Vale are instantly recognisable by the border of red roses planted around every vineyard site. Once or twice a year, the Cellar Door in McLaren Vale doubles as the regions premier outdoor concert venue. Around 6000 people pack in, rock out and enjoy the Richard Hamilton range...a bit different to the ladies I saw smuggling in a Stowells 3L bag in box wine (minus the box) to the AC/DC homecoming gig at Hampden Park, Glasgow in 2009!
The Richard Hamilton wines are gems, in 2012 5 of the Richard Hamilton wines were listed in the top 50 best buys in Australia under $20.
....."Hamilton is one of the original Australian winemaking families. In 1837 Richard Hamilton founded the Hamilton Vineyards, just south of Adelaide in 1837. It was planted with stock brought by the family from South Africa, en route from England..... Five winemaking generations later!....."