COLOR: Deep red with scarlet highlights
BOUQUET: 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.
PALATE: The palate, with excellent blackberry fruit flavours within a medium bodied structure, has a beautiful persistence and long, soft tannins.
CELLARING POTENTIAL: Appealing on release and has sufficient structure for 6-8 years of cellaring.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION: Vineyards at Richard Hamilton Estate were always outstanding. However, with the arrival of Paul Gordon (former Rouge Homme winemaker), complete potential of these vineyardshas been realised.
Richard Hamilton Hut Block Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 is a perfect example of great style and elegance that the Richard Hamilton Estate presents. It has a lovely bright crimson and purplish colour with bouquet consisting of red and black currents along with some mint chocolate notes. The palate offers luscious blackberry flavours while fine tannins and integrated oak augment the complexity and add length to this wine.
OAK TREATMENT: 100% for 14 months. 21% New French, 12% One year old French, 67% 2-4year French and American
JAMES HALLIDAYS REVIEW: JAMES HALLIDAYS 94 POINT WINE: “Bright crimson-purple; there is abundant blackcurrant, redcurrant and a little choc-mint fruit on the fragrant bouquet and medium bodied palate; fine-grained tannins and integrated oak (courtesy of some barrel ferment in new French barrels) enliven and lengthen the finish of a very good wine. ”