We hadn't realised when we shipped this that the vineyard was planted with cuttings from Chapoutier, the famous Rhone producer! This has a nose full of cocoa, cassis, plum, black olive, spice, pencil and violets. To find these aromas in such a modestly priced wine is pretty incredible, and the palate is equally lovely -loaded with more damsons and plums with a gentle hint of cedar and grated dark chocolate.
For a wine under £20 it is really impressive. And I guess that's why Australia's wine magazine 'Wine State' awarded it best wine under $20. It's even more amazing that it's a small production wine from just a 7 hectare vineyard: Richard Hamilton is the fifth generation of his family to be involved in wine production in Australia. The wine is crafted to present excellent fruit definition and length and typifies both the Shiraz fruit and the McLaren Vale region. 2017 celebrated 180 years of involvement in the Australian wine industry by the Hamilton family.