Pinot Noir Chardonnay Yarra Tumbarumba
Sir James Hardy, great grandson of founder Thomas Hardy, was awarded an OBE in 1975 for a lifetime of dedication to the community and the sport of sailing. A man of great personal integrity and irresistable charm, his crest adorns every bottle of Sir James, symbolic of a commitment to fine craftsmanship.
Hardys retain one of the nation's most highly specialised sparkling winemaking teams and make many of Australia's favourite and most satisfying sparklers. From vigilance in the vineyard to a scrupulous eye for detail in the winery, a continued and concerted effort is undertaken by all to achieve the maximum quality achievable. Dominated by Pinot Noir with a third of Chardonnay and the balance Pinot Meunier, from vineyards in the Yarra Valley, Tasmania and Tumbarumba. The winemaking process and extended maturation build complexity into the style. Components are vinified, assembled and treated to a second fermentatioin in bottle, luxuriously tiraged a minimum of three years. Alcohol 12.5%
Medium straw colour, a fresh green/ gold hue and fine persistent bead. A developed nose, nuances of citrus blossom and sour dough yeast emanate. A most interesting mix of complex characters which continue to evolve in the glass. The palate has great elegance of structure, it expresses wonderful richness and complexity. Citrus and white stone fruit flavours prevail, a creamy texture and fine natural acid persistence.