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St. Hugo DR3 Cabernet Sauvignon 2021 Wine Review

St. Hugo DR3 Cabernet Sauvignon 2021

St. Hugo DR3 Cabernet Sauvignon 2021

South Australia, Australia

Community Score:95/100

Community Reviews: 5

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Price: $69.95

Drink: 2024-2041

Bottle size: 750 ml

Alcohol: 14%

Sweetness: Extra Dry

Wine Type: Red Wine

Winery: St. Hugo

Agent: Corby Spirit and Wine Limited

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This St. Hugo DR3 Cabernet Sauvignon 2021 was reviewed on June 8, 2024 by Natalie MacLean

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Reviews and Ratings

Jane Staples - Certified Sommelier rated this wine as 96/100 with the following review:

D3R was crafted in a collaboration between Formula 1 legend Daniel Ricciardo and St. Hugo’s chief winemaker, with the same passion and precision that Ricciardo channels into his racing. This is a big, bold, elegant Cab. It shows an opaque deep purple in the glass, with an aromatic nose of inviting ripe blackcurrant and vanilla notes. The luscious, velvety palate gives concentrated flavours of blackcurrant, dark cherry, mint, dark chocolate, cedar and vanilla. The tannins are still a bit chewy, but will soften with aging. There’s a long dark berry finish with a delicious final note of vanilla. Cabernet Sauvignon is the classic pairing with a rare grilled steak, but will also pair beautifully with rack of lamb. This wine can cellar until 2041. This memorable Cab was awarded a Double Gold Medal at the 2023 Global Fine Wine Challenge.
Tasted June 8, 2024.
Jennifer Havers - WSET Level 3 rated this wine as 94/100 with the following review:

This is a stunning and award winning wine made as part of a long running partnership between St. Hugo Winery and racecar driver Daniel Ricciardo.
Ricciardo collaborated closely with chief winemaker Peter Munro, blending Ricciardo's passion with Munro's expertise. The result is a bold and beautiful Cabernet Sauvignon that was awarded a Double Gold Medal at the 2023 Global Fine Wine Challenge.
In the glass, this Cab is an intense ruby, almost purple colour. Aromas on the nose include currants and black cherries, with hints of mocha, cedar, bay leaf, graphite and just the slightest hint of vanilla.
On the palate, this wine is full bodied, rich, and intense, with a plush, rounded texture, intensified by some grippy tannins. This wine will age for 10-15 years, and if you're enjoying it soon, be sure to decant for 45 minutes before serving. Fruit flavours on the palate are rich, with lots of blackberry and cherry, and the finish is lengthy with hints of vanilla and dried herbs.
Enjoy with a striploin steak, and savour every sip!
Heather Wall - CS; WSET Advanced rated this wine as 94/100 with the following review:

Formula 1 sensation Daniel Ricciardo and St. Hugo’s chief winemaker team up once again to bring us this award winning 2021 D3R South Australia Cabernet Sauvignon.
I decanted for the suggested one to two hours for reference.
Aromas leap from the glass: ripe red and black berries, tobacco leaf, earthy, black plum, pencil shavings, baking spices and a wash of toasted oak.
On the palate: youthful tannins, medium plus acidity, ripe cherry, black plum, cigar, hint of pepper, anise, fresh herbs. A lengthy warm alcohol and black cherry finish..
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“The wine that Daniel makes for himself and his inner circle.”

I grew up around wine, it’s in my blood. Along with my?Italian heritage and?my?family’s?love of sharing wine, my Dad is a bit of a hobby winemaker and I have been surrounded by the passion for wine since I was young. ?I’m quite a curious kid, I always love learning things, and wine is a true craft, and I want to get in and get my hands dirty and make really spectacular wine that provides a unique perspective on what fine wine is.”

- Daniel Ricciardo
Simon Chen rated this wine as 92/100 with the following review:

I have always liked St. Hugo wines even when they were just providing the fruits to Jacob's Creek in the early 2000s. This D3R is a big brother and has every St Hugo wine characteristics that I like in it. On the nose, it is very smoky, leafy, and full of ripe fruits. On the palate, powerful structure but not over ripe and with good acidity and long tannin. I let it opened up in the bottle for 3 hours before drinking, and it paired so well with somed grilled ribeye steak and watermelon salad!

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