St Huberts the winery was founded in 1862 in Victoria, Australia, by Swiss-Australian writer, artist and winemaking pioneer, Hubert de Castella. It was believed he named the winery not after himself but his patron saint, St Hubert.
Following his instincts, de Castella was one of the first to plant vines in the Yarra Valley region of Victoria, and went on to develop a much-acclaimed range of bold, sophisticated wines. St Huberts The Stag range of wines takes this winemaking philosophy to the world. Through collaboration with likeminded winemakers, St Huberts The Stag offers luxury wines from the great wine regions of the world. The winemakers are given the freedom to follow their instincts in the pursuit of making great wine.
"There’s a powerful boysenberry core to the nose of this bottling, which also offers brown spice and smoke on the cohesive nose. It lands quite rich on the palate, where dark berry flavors meet with lavender, caramel and French toast.” -Matt Kettmann, October 2020
This wine is a deep burgundy, crimson color. On the nose the wine offers inviting aromas of macerated blueberries, raspberry pie, and plum preserves alongside holiday baking spice notes of brown sugar, vanilla, nutmeg and clove. The wine is rich, round and soft, with good weight and body, offering flavors of ripe juicy red berries and raspberry custard alongside allspice and graham cracker crust notes from the oak integration. This well-balanced wine has a bright core of acidity, providing great structure alongside a plush texture with velvety smooth tannins and lingering finish.
The 2017 vintage provided high quality thanks to lower than average yields. The year began with abundant rainfall. Spring weather was mild, resulting in extended flowering in some areas with little shatter. Vines were vigorous thanks to the winter rains. Three heat events, including one over Labor Day weekend, kicked harvest into high gear, dehydrating some grapes by early September. Cool weather arrived immediately afterward, allowing sugar levels to return to normal. Most late-ripening red grapes continued to hang on the vine and were picked throughout October.
Paso Robles is located between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California’s Central Coast. The region enjoys a greater day-tonight temperature swing more than any other AVA in California. There is great diversity in the region, distinct microclimates, over 45 different soil types and a long growing season. This makes Paso Robles an optimum region for producing premium wines, in particular Rhone varietals like, Syrah and Mourvedre as well as Bordeaux varietals like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot. This diversity allows St. Huberts the flexibility to select the ideal fruit to make this rich, structured and lush Paso Robles Red Wine.
Using a modern approach for crafting this wine, the grapes were crushed and fermented an average seven to ten days in stainless steel tanks. Pump-overs were gently performed three times a day to extract ample color and tannin. Post fermentation, a portion of the wine aged in French (one third aged in new barrels) and American oak for up to two years to smooth and round the tannins, which add complexity and depth of flavor. Finally, each of the lots were tasted daily to determine exactly which would be selected to craft this red blend.
|Blend||Syrah, Malbec, Merlot, Petite Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Mourvedre.|