History shows that in 1865 Thomas Hardy crafted his first dual region wine, blending grapes from multiple regions. Hardy believed that blending grapes with different characteristics would complement and enhance the qualities of each region. So began Hardys rich blending heritage, with each new blend a unique code that started with A001.
- AUS - Multi-regional
I know Mattinson rates this wine higher than me but never mind – we both agree that it’s good. I’m told this is 90% Coonawarra with the remainder being Margaret River. A good move that, all things considered.
Leafy and dusty with blackcurrant, red fruits and cedar oak. Mid-weight, distinctly fresh and lively with blackcurrant, gum leaf, tobacco and cedar flavours. There’s a coolness here, especially to the fine grained but firm tannins, but the compensation is shapeliness and length. Some black tea like flavours crop up on the finish. Classically styled and needing time, but pretty good stuff all in all. Rating 91 - Drink:2011 - 2017+ Gary Walsh, The Wine Front (FEB/2009)
D636. Has retained its colour very well; a strange decision to blend Coonawarra cabernet with that of Margaret River in the '06 vintage, which was blighted by rain after the white grapes had been harvested, and before the red grapes; however, the earthy, savoury characters of this medium-bodied wine make it food-friendly, and now deserves more than the 89 points it was given in Sept '08. Rating 90 - Drink by 2016 - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion (MAR/2012)
Winery Tasting Notes
Rich red with vibrant hues
Very bright cassis, mint and dry herbs give way to cedary oak where and complex olive and tobacco leaf interplay.
A medium bodied style showing persistence of flavours. The powerful structure and choc-mint fruit characters from Coonawarra blend beautifully with the Bordeaux-like, cassis, graphite complexity of Margaret River. Persistent tannins backed by minerally acid lengthens the palate.
Terra Rossa Lamb Shanks with baby potatoes or Beef Ragu with parsnip mash.