I’m not sure if the new St Hugo winery is opened for business yet (it was still being built early last year) but gee whiz they could do worse than making wines like this 2012 Shiraz.
In every way this is what people want out of classic ‘big company’ Barossa Shiraz. Drinkers want that silky beautifully rich ripe fruit. They want that power and generosity. They expect flavours that linger. And you know what? I do too. There’s a very important place for wines like this.
What’s more interesting is just how much better this is than some other Barossan reds twice the price. Sure its oaky, and old school and the acid is a bit lemony, but for power and persistence and silkiness this really works – it’s just classic Barossa Shiraz, cool or not.
If names like Blackwell, Stonewell, Filsell or Command pop up regularly in your cellar, then this wine is a no brainer.
Details: 14.5%, Screwcap, $52
Tasted: Dec 14
Score: 18.5/20, 94/100
Would I buy it? Yes, though I wouldn’t drink it for 8-10 years yet.
Buy online: Dan Murphys, St Hugo website