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Below is the April, 2007 Featured Wine for the Wines by Jennifer Cellar Club:

2003 Hugo Shiraz

McLaren Vale, Australia

2003 Hugo Shiraz Hugo Wines is located in Australia's McLaren Vale wine region, which continues to build on its reputation as a source of quality wines not only from the big national labels but also from some of the smaller boutique wineries.

Such recognition has been awarded to Hugo Wines, whose origins date back to 1970 when John Hugo followed in his father's footsteps on the family vineyard at McLaren Flat. John produced his first Shiraz in 1979 and the Cellar Door tasting room was opened in October, 1982.

The original vines date back to 1950 and include varieties such as Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Grenache. Consistency in regard to quality is the goal, and the fact that all of the fruit is estate grown makes the job that much easier. The climate, soils, and proximity to the coast are also contributing factors in maintaining the quality of the wines produced by the Hugo family.

This wine is dark plum/maroon in color. The bouquet gives plum and dark berry aromas over a complex bouquet of chocolate syrup, licorice and black pepper. Careful use of quality, 1-2 year old American oak gives a wonderful, nutty vanilla edge to the nose.

Supple, velvety tannins carry the concentrated, juicy plum and dark berry fruit to the full length of the palate, with good acid balance complimenting this well-structured wine and adding an extra dimension to already complex flavors that will integrate well with bottle development.

Suggested food pairings include seared kangaroo saddle fillets and beetroot jelly. If you're like us and just ate the last of your kangaroo, try it with a lamb braise, some good strong cheeses, or just your run-of-the-mill Kansas City strip:)

Drink now through 2015.

Awarded 90 Points, The Wine Spectator.

McLaren Vale Wine Map





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