Ahead of the Australian Grand Prix this weekend, South Australian wine makers St Hugo and Formula 1 driver Daniel Ricciardo, are once again coming together to collaborate on some old favourites and as well as something new.
To mark the second year of DR3 x St Hugo, two wines and a unique decanter are on offer.
First is a 2018 Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon ($70 for 750ml) which showcases distinctive regional characteristics of fruit grown on terra rossa soil over limestone. At its core, the Cabernet holds notes of blackcurrant, bright red fruits with a hint of oak, and has long fine tannins to ensure a long life ahead of it.
Danny Ric and St Hugo are also introducing a 2020 Shiraz ($70 for 750ml), showcasing flavours of dark berry fruits and light plum that has a “classical fine structure that underpins this elegant and expressive modern example of Australian Shiraz” says St Hugo Wines’ Peter Munro.
Daniel Ricciardo commented on how much this collaboration meant to him by saying, “we have put our hearts into creating wines to be enjoyed and the process has been just as fun and enjoyable as sharing the end-product. This is really something that makes you smile and appreciate the journey it takes to get there”.
The real star of the show that is sure to make a podium finish, is the masterpiece that is the boot decanter. Now a staple of the sport, Danny Ric’s shoeys on the F1 podium have made their way into this collaboration and we couldn’t have been happier.
To sustain the integrity of a functional replica of Danny Ric’s racing boot, the shoe was “painstakingly hand-blown and moulded” at Canberra Glassworks, to produce an unforgettable collectors item.
But don’t take too much time in the pits because, there are only 1100 decanter’s available.
Now let’s hope that the Honey Badger can show us how it’s done and do a shoey for real this weekend in Melbourne.
The collaboration is now live on St Hugo’s website.