2008 St Hugo Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Australia
  • South Australia
  • Limestone Coast
  • Coonawarra

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Community Tasting Note

  • Indran Rajendra Likes this wine: 96 points

    April 4, 2014 - The tenth tasting of this wine in recent times. I could just see my fingers through the inky body of this wine. There was a hint of mauve on the edge suggesting youth though some of the bottles tasted in the past lacked this perhaps indicating different cellaring. Like many previous bottles the wine was at its peak between 50 to 75 minutes after decanting however on this occasion towards 75 minutes the wine was fluctuating from open to close states. What a glorious nose. True to its Coonawarra terroir. Dark cherries blackcurrant black olives tomato vine violets cinnamon and pencil shavings make up the core. Supporting this is dark chocolate mint and cigar box. The palate is medium to full bodied and has some elegance but not as elegant as the classed growth Bordeaux. This latter feature is a useful tool in blind tastings. The structure is big and firm but balanced. Truly delicious. The wine was served at 16 degrees C from Riedel bordeaux glasses.



  • Mic Mac commented:

    10/21/15, 2:49 AM - A cynical person might ask why you keep adding 96 point reviews in such quick succession that don't really add anything to your initial assessment. I am a cynical person. Are you trying to stack the score on this wine for some reason?

  • Indran Rajendra commented:

    10/21/15, 1:32 PM - I can see why you think that but no. I have no financial or for that matter emotional interest in the wine. I have no involvement in the wine industry. I'm interested in documenting changes in wine as it ages. You can drink the same bottle of wine on consecutive days and the perception of the wine varies. By assessing more bottles of wine in a short period of time you can account for this variation and therefore detect genuine changes in the wine as it ages. To increase the accuracy further I usually try to buy the wine in batches at one time. Unfortunately, I have nearly run out of this wine. One long term project I am doing is following the development of the 2004 John Riddoch and I have several cases left. All of these were purchased from the winery and cellared in a temperature controlled cellar. I have been following that wine for several years and it had a very interesting development with a phase where it shut down and also a relatively rapid development of aged characters. These aspects of its evolution would be difficult to detect with infrequent tastings. I have notes on this wine on this site if you are interested.

  • Mic Mac commented:

    10/25/15, 8:46 PM - Thanks for the response Indran. An interesting approach to tasting. Cheers

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