St Hugo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra, South Australia, Australia, 2016
Platinum - Best in Show: Best in Show
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Coonawarra fights it out annually with Margaret River as the source of Australia's finest Cabernet. We don't have a Margaret River example in this year's top selection, but this dark red-black wine from the 2016 vintage underscores the South Australian region's virtues: a clean, fresh precision of aroma in which blackcurrant meets tea leaf, and lively, midweight flavours which tease yet satisfy in equal measure. The allusive profile is very different, but in terms of classicism and balance this wine marks a perfect Southern Hemisphere counterpoint to our Best in Show Chianti Classico.