Wine Review: St Hugo 2013 Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon

We are often asked whether there is any point in paying extra to enjoy a ‘fine’ bottle or wine, or whether the cheap ones are just as good? And I think our answer to this question would generally be: sometimes! If that sounds a little vague, it is simply because in our humble opinion, not all expensive wines are worth their sale price. However, today’s offering IS good value and well worth the price you will pay for it. Keep reading though to find out more.

Living in South Australia allows us to be close to some of the best vineyards, cellar doors and wines in the world. St Hugo’s comes from the famed Coonawarra Region on what is called the Limestone Coast of our lovely state, which is well-known for producing some of the world’s best Cab Sav’s.

We are prepared to go out on a limb here and state that St Hugo’s stands heads and shoulders above many of the wines coming out of that region.

Soft and silky, deep red/purple in colour, with lots of blackcurrants, oak and vanilla, and very intense as a Cabernet Sauvignon should be, this full-bodied dry red wine is sure to be enjoyed for years to come. The secret to enjoying this wine is letting it breathe. Do not open and drink it immediately. Open the bottle and let it stand for at least 30 minutes first. Some even like to decant the wine just to ensure it has time to breathe sufficiently before drinking.

Because Cab Sav is such a versatile wine, you will find a wide variety of food to enjoy it with, and many friends to suggest foods that perhaps you have not tried. It goes particularly well with ribeye steak, beef burgers, mushroom pizza, lamb roast and even venison. And if you have some on hand, try it with baked figs or kangaroo meatballs.

Currently in Australia you will pay between $35 to $48 a bottle, so it is worth shopping around for the best price, and consider buying it in volume if you can to save a few dollars. However keep in mind this simple truth: if you enjoyed the wine, then it was worth whatever you paid for it.

Our score for today’s wine review: 4.5 out of 5

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Wine Review: St Hugo 2013 Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon

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