Wine Tasting 5/22/12

On Tuesday, May 22nd we will be welcoming a very special guest to our weekly tasting at Hollywood Vine. Hugh Hamilton will be pouring a selection of his most recent vintages Hugh is the fifth generation of the family that planted the first vineyards at Glenelg in 1837, less than one year after European settlement in South Australia. As with all families one is a black sheep and Hugh Hamilton is it. You can expect therefore to enjoy the difference. He is a firm believer in the wine and food experience. Neither is magic. Both are great, especially in the company of good friends and lively conversation. His wines therefore are eminently drinkable and certainly very “more-ish”; (that means you’ll always come back for the next glass!). These wines are not simple. They have such character and depth of flavor they can become a topic of dinner party conversation on their own.

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012
6:00-9:00 PM
No charge for tastings
Jim Jim The Down Under Dog Unoaked Chardonnay, 2011
This wine was produced from Jim’s (Hugh’s Labrador/Kelpie) favorite ‘Church block’ at McLaren Vale, a low-yielding vineyard which is planted to the original and rare ‘OF’ clone of Chardonnay. It was made simply in order to express the best of the variety and without the use of oak, to ensure that it is fresh, crisp and lively. The careful making of this wine ensures that it is fresh and lively, yet with a generous palate which lingers beautifully. Hints of spice follow the initial rush of fresh fruit; clean acidity ensures freshness and vitality.
BTG 5.50 Retail $13.99

Hugh Hamilton Loose Cannon Viognier, 2011
A faint waft of white flowers, jasmine, honeysuckle, and orange blossom in the nose which is follow by citrus and spice, creaminess in the mouth feel. The heady fragrance apricot and gaminess stays for a long finish.
BTG $7.50 Retail $18.99

Jim Jim The Down Under Dog Shiraz, 2011
This bright and playful Shiraz is named for the winery’s loyal dog, Jimmy. It’s full bodied, softly textured and ready to drink, sporting ripe black fruit and a touch of peppery spice.
BTG $5.25 Retail $12.99

Hugh Hamilton The Rascal Shiraz, 2009
The Rascal’ has a sweet, alluring nose. It’s complex, even from an early stage. The fruit didn’t get over-ripe, so raspberry rather than blackberry; liquorice rather than prune; ink and olive rather than fruitcake.
BTG $ 8.50 Retail $21.99

Hugh Hamilton The Villain Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009
A deep red color. In the nose you’ll find mint, tobacco leaf, ink and violets all surround it by fine French oak; you can taste the sweetness of regional fruit, wrapped around a frame of drying, varietal tannin. It shows the inky density and richness that a serious, long living red needs.
BTG $8.50 Retail $21.99

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