It began nearly two centuries ago. Our family planted grape vines in South Australia in 1837 and made the first wine in the colony. Those vine cuttings arrived, dipped in wax. ‘Pure Black’ carries our Hamilton family story into the 6th generation.
Repeat to yourself when you see this in your cellar ‘open something else’. Be patient. Every element of this wine is designed to play out only with time in bottle. Cellar well and in time the rewards will be clear.
Wait 6 years or more before opening, probably beyond 10 to really see what it can do.
Initial notes of damp earth and split red gum yield with decanting and time into violets, bay leaves, rosehip and rhubarb. There is a dense tobacco box and demerara sugar waft along with aromatic timbers; cherry-wood, apple-wood, and sandalwood. Succulent and stubbornly youthful the best suggestion is more time in the cellar.
The gapless palate is complete and lengthy, and the texture both firm and structural, framing the fruit. There is a brooding quality to this wine – haughty at our impatience to open the bottle and clearly demanding more time to reach its true peak.