Barossa Valley based St Hugo launched its first-ever white wines – a Riesling and Chardonnay on the Asian market at Vinexpo Hong Kong.
The Chardonnay had just been released in Australia, while the Riesling was released in late 2017. Vinexpo Hong Kong is the launchpad for these wines in Asia.
The 2017 Eden Valley Riesling has had outstanding success. Last month it was awarded “Master” status, just one of five wines to receive the accolade, at the grape variety’s peak competition, the 2017 Global Riesling Masters. At the Barossa Wine Show 2017 it received the Trophy for Best 2017 Riesling and Trophy for Most Outstanding Barossa White Wine. Further to this, it’s received gold medals at the Barossa Wine Show 2017, Royal Melbourne Wine Awards 2017 and National Wine Show of Australia 2017.
These white wines build on the legacy of St Hugo of crafting wines of power and elegance, which all began with the 1980 St Hugo Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon. This flagship wine, and its following vintages, has gone onto win more than 1,000 awards, including 30 trophies and 170 gold medals.
Another new range was introduced at Vinexpo Hong Kong – the Private Collection, which are fine wines from specially-selected vineyards. These wines have, up until now, been available only through St Hugo’s home in the Barossa Valley and selected travel retail. Available to taste were the 2013 St Hugo Private Collection Barossa Marananga Shiraz, 2013 St Hugo Private Collection Eden Valley Shiraz, and 2012 St Hugo Private Collection Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon.
Chief Winemaker Daniel Swincer was present at Vinexpo Hong Kong to talk about these new releases, alongside other classic fine wines from the winery .