Hawksmoor Blend – Saint Alfege’s – 2014
Wine Name & Vintage:
Saint Alfege’s – 2014
Saint Alfege’s is a church in Greenwich, London. Originally Medieval, but rebuilt in 1714, and Nicholas Hawksmoor was the architect.
Shiraz 70% / Mourvèdre 30%.
Oaking / Alcohol %:
14 % alcohol by volume. Gently barrel matured in older French oak barrels for 24 months. Limited release – only 6 barrels made.
“Gentle, juicy mouthful of plum & smoke”
Number of bottles made:
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, 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).