2016 Hardys Tintara McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon
Hearty McLaren Vale Cabernet from one of the industry stalwarts, and with 95 points from Jane Faulkner in the Wine Companion? What's not to like about this super Cabernet!
The inclusion of merlot 6%, cabernet franc 5% and shiraz 3% in this cabernet sauvignon all contribute, starting with the outlandishly deep purple hue. While there's certainly ripe fruit with cassis and mulberries lurking, this is savoury through and through with gun smoke, dried gum leaves, Chinese five spice, licorice and tamarind. While oak makes a presence, it isn't brash, the detailed tannins working off a more medium-bodied palate. Excellent value. 95 points - James Halliday's Wine Companion
How's it taste?
Ripe black fruit, plum and dried herb aromas lead to a palate that is rich and structured with fine, grippy tannins. Recommended.
How was it made?
McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon with 6% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 3% Shiraz, matured in French oak barrels.
Who made it?
With the immense heritage behind 6 generations of Hardy’s family winemaking, the business has never looked stronger. A pioneer of the McLaren Vale vineyard region (most notably after purchasing the Tintara winery and vineyards), Hardy’s is now a multi-regional brand with a diverse portfolio of wines. Hardy’s has established vineyard sites across most of southern Australia. Fruit sources include Tasmania, Yarra Valley and Pemberton in WA. Vineyard practices vary, but high profile wines show depth and more regionality than the fruit bowl region wines. The depth of the range is as impressive as it is broad. Thomas Hardy and Eileen Hardy sit at the top of the brand tier with Heritage Reserve Bin, Sir James and Oomoo following on. Nottage Hill has been a big commercial success for Hardy’s. Innovation is at the forefront for wine making practices at Hardy’s. Large scale production has limited boutique influence, but recent years have seen a shift back to smaller ferments, experimentation and more hands-on winemaking for the top tier wines.
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