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Lethbridge Wines

2015 Hugo George
Wine Specs
Sangiovese, Merlot, Cabernet Franc
Moorabool Valley
Alcohol %
James Halliday

2015 Hugo George

After a two year hiatus Hugo George is back

Only 25 dozen made, EXTREMELY LIMITED

93 points, Halliday Wine Companion 2020

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93 points, Halliday Wine Companion 2020
"A blend of 70% sangiovese (fermented separately) with co-fermented merlot (25%) and cabernet franc (5%). Aged for 11 months in 100% new French oak. Plenty of berry fruit in the picture here as you might as expect from these varieties, with cherry, blackcurrant and mulberry included. It's juicy on the palate, with cedary oak and savoury tannins to finish."

92 points, James Suckling
"A fun and savory blend of sangiovese and cabernet franc with dried-apple and cherry aromas and flavors. Medium body. Integrated tannins and a crisp finish. Drink now. Screw cap."


A Super Tuscan wine come from Tuscany on the central West coast of Italy but after that there are no rules. The wines are  blends of native varieties like Sangiovese but can include alien grapes such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Cabernet Franc. What excites us is not only the complexity of these wines but the philosophy of the innovative winemakers who went out on a limb to make exceptional wine rather than follow the traditional restrictive recipe laid down by Italian Wine Law.

Maree and I also like to think of ourselves as innovators and experimenters.   So when the Brunello clone of Sangiovese we planted in 2002 reached maturity naturally we looked to the work of others, conducted our own experiments and blends and arrived at Hugo George. This is  our version of the Super Tuscan, 70% Sangiovese, 25 % Merlot and 5 % Cabernet Franc.