Shiraz McLaren Vale South Australia
The Hardys flagship, a compilation of the very best barrels of Tintara Shiraz, was originally bottled as an annual birthday gift for founder Bill Hardy's grandmother. Eileen Hardy was awarded an O.B.E. for her outstanding contribution to the wine industry. She is fondly remembered as the matriarch of Australia's most prominent winemaking and yachting family. Eileen Hardy Shiraz represents the pinnacle of achievement, a feast of a red wine embracing the tradition of great Australian icon Shiraz that is rich, powerful and seductive.
Shiraz grapes are destemmed and crushed into wax lined seven and four- tonne open top concrete fermenters. The ferments are tasted thrice daily and the temperatures are adjusted at each tasting to maximise flavour, keeping the tannin in balance with the intensity of fruit. When the tannin and fruit balance are extracted to the desired level, the wines are basket pressed to tank. After settling for twenty four hours, the wines are racked into a combination of the finest oak barriques. The components are tasted regularly throughout maturation, racked and returned as required. After twenty months in 225L French oak barriques, the very finest barrels are set aside for inclusion into the final assemblage. Alcohol 14.1%
Vivid garnet with deep purple edges. Highly complex aromas of allspice, chocolate, olive, fresh blueberry and persimmon flesh complemented by underlying spicy French oak and savoury, smoky notes. Layers of dark chocolate, stewed rhubarb, plum and ripe blueberry sit in harmonious balance with subtle French oak and fine silky tannins. Very concentrated and very long, exhibiting tremendous finesse, the intense flavours culminate with a long, persistent finish.