Richard Hamilton Rebranded
Barry Weinman: 2nd October 2021
To coincide with their 50th year in McLaren Vale Richard Hamilton has rebranded their range with striking new packaging. The first wines in the new packaging have been released under the estate range, with the other tiers to follow.
I reviewed the Shiraz and Cabernet, and both represent excellent drinking for the price, especially given the mature vineyards from which the fruit is sourced.
Richard Hamilton – Little Road – Shiraz – 2020. Great colour! Pretty plum and floral cherry fruit, supported by supple, savoury oak. Hints of liquorice and pepper add interest and complexity. The fruit is vibrant yet would benefit from a few years to shake of the cloak of tannins. 16 months in oak, 30% new. 92pts – $26
Richard Hamilton – Hut Block – Cabernet Sauvignon – 2019. Pretty, sweet fruit that has impressive depth and density. The power on the palate is palpable, yet this is silky, polished and refined. Gentle chocolate and cedar notes from the oak adds to the finish. 18 months in oak, 20% new. 92pts – $26