St Hugo Vetus Purum 2015


St Hugo have given us so many wonderful wines over the years, the concept of a prestige release certainly has spiked interest. What constitutes prestige for these guys? Only 1%, the very best, of their Coonawarra Cabernet qualifies for inclusion with only the top vintages considered. The selection from 2015 brought forth various trophies and medals. The name is Latin for ancient and pure. Inky black in colour, not even the best part of a decade has softened this, as yet, and there is still some oak evident. The wine is tight, extremely well structured, seamless, though perhaps even a little muted. Decanting for an hour or so would be to its benefit. We have notes of leather, soy, blackberries, cloves, coffee grinds, black cherries and dark chocolate. Fine acidity, silky tannins and a supple, dense texture with impressive length. This will drink well for at least another decade.