St Hugo, one of the Barossa Valley’s most loved wine labels, is famous for it’s big reds and rich, spicy tannins. Since 1983 they’ve produced wines of a high standard which age beautifully when stored properly, and helped make the Barossa the heaving industry it is today. At a point in their timeline when they seem to keep going from strength to strength, they’ve now decided it’s time to have a play with one of the region’s other celebrated fruits – the riesling grape.
Man of Many was lucky enough to attend an exclusive early tasting of the drop at Pier One Hotel in Sydney with St Hugo where they’ve also partnered up for an incredibly tasty menu. Visitors to the Pier One pop-up can enjoy a St Hugo wine flight matched to bespoke canapes developed by Mark and Joel at the Pier One bar. There’s also a 5 and 7 course degustation at The Gantry main restaurant paired with a range of St Hugo and other wines. The pop-up is the only place where you can try the new St Hugo Private Collection outside of the home of St Hugo and Sydney Airport Duty Free.
Using grapes from Eden Valley, which sits at the south-east of the Barossa region, it’s an aromatic, textural white with loads of floral components and a delicate viscosity, which is instantly balanced by the restrained acidity endemic to riesling.
The company have also released a new red, named The Last Letter. The name is in reference to the last letter that Hugo Gramp sent his son Colin, which Colin received just hours after learning of his father’s death in a plane crash in 1938. The wine is a cabernet sauvignon, released four years from vintage, with round tannins and balanced red berries. The pop-up is the only place that you can try The Last Letter exclusively before going on sale in September