Hugh Hamilton The Mongrel McLaren Vale Sangiovese Blend 2013
This is described on the Hugh Hamilton website as ‘luncheon wine’, with a great description of how important good drinking wines are.
Yet this just Sangiovese Shiraz blend feels a little sweet and awkward to be drinking much of. Slick, ripe and tarry, there’s a syrupy character to this but without the body to back it up, the palate lightweight and lacking definition or intensity. That missing varietal intensity suggests either young vines (or high cropping), but it still doesn’t quite explain the over-sweet, warm, and shallow palate.
Details: 14.5%, Screwcap, $24.50
Tasted: February ’15, Sample
Best drinking: 2015-2018
Score: 15/20, 83/100
Would I buy it? No.
Buy online: Hugh Hamilton website