Hosted on a beautiful sunny Saturday morning, Adelaide Food Central was invited to the Hugh Hamilton Wines Cellar Door to experience their new innovative wine tasting.
The tasting experience takes guests on a sensory journey combining smell, texture, taste and sight, with the wines paired with beautiful cheeses that have been specially selected to enhance the wines.
Located in gorgeous McLaren Vale, Hugh Hamilton Wines has a rich history of wine in South Australia. Being Australia’s oldest wine family, the tasting experience has been curated by a sixth-generation Hamilton member, Mary Hamilton.
Mary has created the tasting experience to abolish the idea that wine lovers need to have an extensive knowledge of wine culture to appreciate the drops. With an array of smells like coconut, chocolate coffee and spice set out before you, guests are encouraged to play around with the specific smells they themselves pick up from the individual wines.
Inviting us into the cellar door was a flute of ‘The Drama Queen’ on arrival. Exaggerated and flirty, this bubbly will keep you coming back for more. With notes of fresh petals and strawberries with a creamy texture, this sparkling can be enjoyed during any celebratory occasion.
As the wine tasting experience started we were served with a Hamilton exclusive ‘Hugh’s Mixed Up’ Shiraz Cordial. Made from grapes, this non-alcoholic wine alternative is perfect for mixing and serving with sparkling water and garnished with orange for any age group to enjoy.
Black Blood III is the lightest and most playful from the three. Grown in soft and light dirt, this wine features delicate perfumed characteristics, alongside summer berries, bright herbs and a low tanning profile.
Black Blood II is a bold and giving wine with a firm tannin. Velvety and long, this chocolatey wine displays red berries, warm spices and mocha, while pairing beautifully with a warm lasagne.
Black Blood I is the ranges big sister. Strong and heavy, this wine is robust right out of the gate. Grown in black cracking clay this daring and significant wine combines flavours like black olive, liquorice and cacao for the bold wine drinker.
The sensory experience presented by Hugh Hamilton Wines is one not to be missed. Take a day off to wander down to the cellar door and immerse yourself in wine knowledge like never before.
Thank you to all the staff at Hugh Hamilton Wines for their kind hospitality and BPPR Consultancy for having us.
Words by Emma Dignon
WHERE: 94 McMurtrie Rd, McLaren Vale