2017 Hardy's HRB Cabernet Sauvignon


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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.
Campbell Mattinson - Halliday's Wine Companion
The Brief
How's it taste?
Colour Brilliant dark red with purple hue. Bouquet Lifted mulberries, violets and blackberries with hints of musk, tobacco leaf and cinnamon spice. Palate A complex and layered palate of red and black current, plum and raspberry with touches of anise, mint, cocoa, and black teaCellaring8 to 15 years
How was it made?
History shows that Thomas Hardy first blendedgrapes from multiple regions in 1865. Thomasbelieved that blending grapes with differentcharacteristics would complement and enhancethe qualities of each region. So began Hardy’srich blending heritage; with each new blend aunique code was created starting from A001.2017 HRB Cabernet Sauvignon is an elegant andbalanced wine made using Thomas Hardy’straditional methods of blending wine from the bestregions in Australian to produce the best winepossible. Premium parcels of cabernet fromMcLaren Vale, Coonawarra, Margaret River andFrankland River were hand-picked and berrysorted, before undergoing a cool natural openfermentation, basket pressing and ageing in finegrain French oak. Meticulous blending hasresulted in this outstanding example of AustralianCabernet Sauvignon.Record breaking winter and spring rainfallspreceded almost perfect growing seasonconditions for Vintage 2017. Healthy canopiesand above average crops combined with anextended mild summer with minimal heat spikesto produce very high quality fruit. Harvest beganaround 2 weeks later than in recent years withfruit showing excellent colour and flavour withbright natural acidity.
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Expert Review
95 Points
Campbell Mattinson - Halliday's Wine Companion
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.
Expert Review
Expert Review
92 Points
Huon Hooke - The Real Review
Excellent, very deep red colour with a good tint of purple. The bouquet is powerful in its blackberry and faintly pepperminty aromas, a most appealing bouquet of fully-ripe cabernet backed with masses of firmly drying tannins, which are in fine balance. Long, long finish. A splendid cabernet which is built to last, but is already quite approachable—especially if served with protein-rich food. Cellaring recommended.
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