Following from last year’s release of The Last Letter, a Cabernet Sauvignon from renowned SA winemaker St Hugo, a new big and juicy red has been added to their Legacy Collection, which is set to release different expression over a ten-year period.
Paying homage to an unspoken promise between the label’s namesake Hugo Gramp, and best friend Rudi Buring, who took a young Colin Gramp under his wing when Hugo was tragically killed in the Kyeema air crash of 1938, The Unspoken Promise is an important entry into the range, symbolising one of the great tragedies to befall the Australian winemaking industry.
Not only was Hugo Gramp killed when a DC-2 carrying 18 people on board flew into the side of Mount Dandenong whilst trying to land at Essendon Airport, but Tom Hardy and Sidney Hill Smith, fellow legends in Australian winemaking circles, were also among the passengers.
Colin Gramp, now a ripe 97 years of age, was a teenager when he heard the news, before receiving a letter written to him by his father, which had been posted right before boarding the plane. This became the inspiration for last year’s release of the 2013 vintage The Last Letter. Upon Hugo’s death, best friend Rudi tasked himself with Colin’s upbringing, including his introduction to the world of wine, knowing that Hugo would have done the same for him had their roles been reversed; it’s from this friendship where 2014’s vintage of The Unspoken Promise gets its name.
“I can remember the day of (my father’s) funeral, Rudi introduced himself to me and said, ‘Colin, I’m here to look after you’, and he certainly did. I felt I got on so well with him because he reminded me of Dad”, says Colin Gramp.
Using varying parcels of cabernet sauvignon from the Barossa Valley, the juice itself is a delicious, rich and boldly tannic wine which, though displaying lovely freshness now, will cellar well up until 2030.
“The 2014 vintage in the Barossa resulted in low yields but produced grapes of freshness and concentration, and it’s these attributes in the fruit that have helped to craft a wine with the ability to be cellared up until 2030″, adds St Hugo Chief Winemaker Dan Swincer.
“It’s an honour to create the wines for the St Hugo Legacy Collection knowing they are part of a 10-year program of releases that mark the incredible stories of father and son, Hugo and Colin Gramp.”
St Hugo The Unspoken Promise Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 is available now at leading liquor retailers and the home of St Hugo for RRP $74.99.