Hawksmoor Blend – Algernon Stitch – 2014

Wine Name & Vintage:

Algernon Stitch – 2014

The 20th Century author, Evelyn Waugh wrote a novel entitled “Scoop”, a satire of the press and media.  The main character in “Scoop” is called Algernon Stitch, who, according to Waugh, lived in: “superb creation by Nicholas Hawksmoor” . In truth, he only built one country house, Easton Neston, easily one of the most beautiful in England.

Grape(s) / Blend:

Shiraz 50% / Mourvèdre- 50%.

Oaking / Alcohol %:

13,5 % alcohol by volume. Gently barrel matured in older French oak barrels for 24 months. Limited release – only 6 barrels made.

Platters Rating:


Platters Comments:

“Spicy black fruit, is succulent…. with dry tannins from 2 years in old oak, further 2 in the bottle” (now more than two, depending on the date you read these notes)

Number of bottles made:

2,400 bottles

Further Notes:

Algernon Stitch and Saint Alfege’s are “sister wines”, blended from the same barrels but in differing proportions. Saint Alfege’s comprises 70% shiraz and  30% Mourvèdre, whereas Algernon Stitch is an exact half /half of these two cultivars. Both should be served at room temperature and be allowed time to open up in the glass. Decanting is always a worthwhile exercise, to allow fresh air to put new life into the wine. For those preferring a lighter red wine, then the Saint Alfege’s would be the best choice, whereas the Algernon Stitch is more robust, with its larger percentage of our 2014 Mourvèdre – see separate tasting notes. (Interestingly the Saint Alfege’s has a slightly higher alcohol content than Algernon Stitch by 0,5%, so it will be the oaking and blend that gives the more robust flavour).