Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
St Hugo Collection
"Bright crimson-purple; this is the 27th release of St Hugo, and fittingly has won a trophy and five gold medals, likely with more to come; it has an abundance of blackcurrant fruit plus nuances of regional earth and mint, then the tannins providing structure for long and distinguished ageing.” - James Halliday, 2013
Region: Coonawarra, South Australia
Colour: Deep crimson to brick red.
Bouquet: A dense and ripe nose showing sweet blackberry and cassis fruits, with floral undertones
Palate: Rich and powerful with dark berry fruit and well-integrated oak and tannins.
Cellaring Potential: This wine is perfect for drinking now and over the next decade with careful cellaring.
Serving Suggestion: Recommended with herb-crusted lamb rack served with Rösti of sweet potato and basil and a red wine glaze.
Trophies: 2010 Riverina Wine Show – Best Popular Premium Red
Gold Top Golds: 2011 Riverina Wine Show
|2010 Royal Adelaide Wine Show|
|2010 Riverina Wine Show|
|2010 Limestone Coast Wine Show|
|2011 Perth Royal Wine Show|
|2013 Limestone Coast Wine Show|
Vintage Conditions: The 2008 vintage in the Coonawarra was anything but average. The preceding winter was drier than average, with some frost events which fortunately appeared to have little effect on our vines. Early spring rains and a wetter-than-average spring provided good levels of soil moisture which resulted in excellent bud-burst and strong vine health. Although the rest of summer was dry, it was also cooler than average, especially during February. These relatively cool dry Summer conditions were ideal for the gradual accumulation of essential grape sugars and flavours, resulting in good varietal definition for Cabernet Sauvignon. Coonawarra’s Maritime climate reduced the severity of extreme heat have experienced by most South Australian regions in early to mid-March 2008. As a result, the 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon vintage had yields slightly below average but showing excellent colour, ripeness and distinct regional flavour.