Compassionate, generous and determined, Eileen Hardy’s spirit for life and adventure continues as the very heart of Hardys. From family matriarch to beloved pioneer of the Australian wine industry, her dedication for excellence still weaves its way through every Hardys wine and provides the inspiration behind its enduring success.
The inaugural 1970 Eileen Hardy Shiraz was released as a tribute to this great lady. Each vintage the winemakers select the very best parcels of Shiraz from regions throughout Australia to carry the ‘Eileen Hardy’ label.
- SA - McLaren Vale
- South Australia
There was one immediate question hanging over the head of this wine before I tasted it: could it avoid the toughness of the '07 vintage? The answer is a slightly qualified yes, and more so than many of its peers. It is medium- to full-bodied, with an array of exotic spices running through the blackberry and licorice fruit, the tannins not impeding the flow of the wine in the mouth. Rating 96 - Drink by 2027 - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion (MAR/2012)
Winery Tasting Notes
Brilliant with a youthful edge.
Bouquet has ammediate appeal of blueberry spice, lashings of red liquorice, dark chocolate and ripe dark plum flesh opening up to reveal an underlying complexity of black olive, peat and aniseed. Hints of seasoned oak char further complex this fragrant and powerful Shiraz bouquet.
The palate is powerful and layered with rhubarb, dark berries and plums complemented by notes of cedar box, chocolate and freshly tilled soil and wet stone flooding the palate. The wine is juicy and textural revealing a wonderful density of fruit with the finest tannins leading to a long and graceful finish in the mouth.