95+ Stuart McCloskey “A multi-regional blend from McLaren Vale, Coonawarra and a smattering from WA, which is the epitome of Thomas Hardy’s origins as his innovative regional blends can be tracked back to 1865. Set aside the prejudice which may exist towards the Hardys brand, and you will be pleasantly surprised. In fact, this will put one hell of a smile on your face as this is a real cracker for a snip over sixteen quid. Dried mint hits the olfactory senses with a ‘bang’ followed by cedar, cassis, blackcurrant leaf and a lovely dollop of liquorice. Granted, this is not an overly complex offering, but the flavours are fresh, bright and so pleasing. The palate is medium-bodied with lithe tannins. The acidity is judged perfectly. In summary, there is nothing not to like or appreciate. Lovely job by team Hardys. Decant for 1-2 hours. Served using Zalto Bordeaux glassware.”
94++ - 95 Stuart McCloskey “A multi-regional blend from McLaren Vale, Pyrenees and Clare Valley. The bouquet delivers some real oomph and flows with a very long list, extending from a tart cranberry / redcurrant vibe to plum, dark chocolate, fresh rosemary come bay leaf – there’s a notable herbal flow running throughout the bouquet. The palate changes tact and delivers gentle waves of ripe, red and black fruits. More dark (fruity) chocolate unfolds gracefully which is admirable – I like the gentle grip from the tannins. This one has the ability to age a decade and will be flourishing in 3-5 years. Faultless winemaking and lots of potential for the money. Impressive. Decant for 2-3 hours. Served using Zalto Bordeaux glassware.”
97 Points - James Halliday "The bouquet provides a perfect idea of what is about to follow on the full-bodied palate: towering blackcurrant fruit with bay leaf, black olive and earth all dripping from the fruit where they meet implacable tannins and a poultice of French oak."