Hugh Hamilton (aka: The Black Sheep) is part of a family of winemakers that has lasted 180 years. Nonetheless, his own personal vision of how wine can be made has produced remarkable outcomes despite the break from tradition. Black Sheep are in evidence throughout the cellar door and vineyard areas as visual reminders that you are going to experience something quite different.
The tasting room is elevated above the vineyard and the 270-degree view envelopes you into an absorbing wine tasting experience. Most tastings are enjoyed while seated at high-tables that further optimise the views during the tasting.
The Hamilton family history with its roots in the origins of grape growing in Australia are also sprinkled with some intrigue and quirky anecdotes, as any fine history should be. In 2017 it was 180 years since Hugh Hamilton’s great grandfather arrived in South Australia, planted the first vines in the new colony, and produced the first wines. The Bloodline Tasting explores both the entertaining history and the flagship wines that have resulted from the heritage of one Australia’s original wine families that has since ventured into new ways of thinking about McLaren Vale grapes and wines.
The wines demand a considered and leisurely tasting so that you take in the varieties and blends you experience. This is a different type of McLaren Vale icon that must not be missed.