Hugh Hamilton Black Ops Shiraz Saperavi 750ml 2017
Awards: 95 Points Halliday Wine Companion
"60% shiraz and the remainder, among the most ferociously tannic and deeply coloured grapes known to man, saperavi. A ferrous wine of grunt and grrh. A grapey magenta. Tar, cherry liqueur and scorched earth. This all sounds hyperbolic, perhaps. And yet this wine is grounded, and in many ways understated for the region. It is the pulpy tannin profile that corsets all, boding well for saperavi’s future in the region. Very good.”
Region: McLaren Vale, South Australia
Units Per Case: 12
Chunky, dense, and invitingly unusual. The Black Ops is a blunderbuss of fruit and spice, loaded with plums, roses, anise, cloves, and thyme. An enormous mid-palate supports prettier florals amongst the deeper black fruit and mollasses notes. The tight, balanced fruit, is crunchy, fresh, and intense.
A superb vintage for both Saperavi and Shiraz. The ripening was steady and untroubled by heat spikes; allowing ample time to lay down flavour and intensity. Unbelievably dark colours and amazing depth of flavour on the vine that steadily built throughout maturation. A smooth and successful op.