Multi-regional blending is not a dark art nor should it be. Some of Australia’s most lauded wines are blends from two or more regions. In this example, taking the two stars from each region and putting them squarely in the spotlight.
St Hugo, Cabernet/Shiraz, Coonawarra/Barossa 2013
20 Months in oak: 62% new French, 18% new American and the remainder old oak. Smells comfortable and familiar. Boldly fruited: tinned plum syrup goodness along with blackberry. The combination of Barossa choc and minty Coonawarra regional tones merge well in this “Australian blend.” The tannins are full and pronounced. Solidly put together, if a little crowd friendly with a silky mouth feel. I’d be looking to buy it on special….
Wine sample courtesy of St Hugo and Pernod Ricard