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.”
96 Points - Magdalena Sienkiewicz "Always an intriguing and highly pleasurable blend. This release sees fruit sourced from McLaren Vale, WA and Coonawarra. An aromatic array of fruits radiate from the glass together with sweet spices, bay leaf and fruity dark chocolate. There is a lovely herbal lift and a touch of menthol which balances the sweetness of abundant fruit. The palate is beautifully moreish, filled with blackcurrants, mulberries, cedar and bitter chocolate. The same herbal lift refreshes the palate perfectly. This beautifully crafted Cabernet is a delight today, but it has potential to evolve for another 3-5 years. Sampled three hours after decanting using Zalto Bordeaux glassware."
Bin D681. Sure it's medium in weight but the profile is classic. It's even-handed, fluid, spread with fine-grained tannin, but not defined by it. The palate flows from blackcurrant to mulberry, from cedar wood to milk chocolate, from bay leaves to sandalwood. It won't knock you between the eyes, but it will mature gracefully, and beautifully.
Zalto Denk-Art Universal Glass
Due to further lockdowns in Austria we are experiencing extended delays with our Zalto orders.
We are currently expecting our next delivery to arrive at the end of February.
The Zalto Universal glass is recommended for richer, oaked Sauvignon Blancs such as Hughes & Hughes Barrel & Skins, white Graves or Semillon/Sauvignon blends as well as young and non-vintage Champagne. The Zalto Universal is a very good 'all-rounder', designed for all types of wine but in our opinion may not maximize the potential of certain wines quite as much as the Bordeaux or Burgundy glass.
Hardys is a name that has been intrinsically entwined with Australian wine for over a century and a half. Thomas Hardy is generally regarded as the fathers of the South Australian wine industry and was one of the early pioneers of McLaren Vale wine, planting some of the earliest vines in region dating back to the mid 1800’s. Since those early plantings, the company has continued to grow through several generations of the family. The widow of Tom Mayfield Hardy, Eileen Hardy, who took up the mantle for a considerable part of the 21st century is a name very familiar to us through their flagship range of wines name Eileen Hardy, featuring a Chardonnay, a Pinot Noir and Shiraz, the 2015’s we are exclusive on. One of our favourite wines which simply blew us away is the Eileen Hardy Chardonnay 2015 which Steven Spurrier described as the "Grange of Australian white wines".
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