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2014 Hardys 165th Anniversary Cabernet Shiraz

2014 Hardys 165th Anniversary Cabernet Shiraz

$199.00 Per Bottle

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$195.00 (Buy 3 or More)

14.0%
Cellar to 2030
Screw Cap
Multi-regional
2014
750ml
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$199.00
14.0%
Cellar to 2030
Screw Cap
Multi-regional
2014
750ml
  • THE BRIEF
  • THE FINER DETAILS
  • WHO MADE IT?
  • EXPERT REVIEWS
  • THE BRIEF
  • Hardys founder, Thomas Hardy, pioneered a unique winemaking philosophy; one of blending between varieties and regions to make the very best wines possible. The 165th wine is a masterclass of blending - a pleasure to craft for the Hardys winemaking team. A wine with a rare and harmonious combination of complexity, power and grace, it possesses exceptional colour, density, length of structure and a very fine tannin structure. It’s safe to say this is regional blend like this.

  • THE FINER DETAILS
  • In 2014, above average winter rains flushed and filled the soil profile with good moisture levels. A relatively dry spring was balanced by significant late January rainfall that pushed back what was looking like an early vintage. Good vine canopies, moderate berry size and yields for both Cabernet Sauvignon & Shiraz, combined with a long dry finish to the growing season, have resulted in outstanding wines from Frankland River in WA & McLaren Vale in SA.

    This wine was matured in oak for 18 months in 100% French oak barriques.

    WHAT SHOULD YOU EXPECT?


    Deep garnet red with a bright scarlet hue. Bouquet Powerful aromas of cassis, dark bramble fruits, peat, and ripe plum, coupled with complexing notes of sage, cedar and black olive, provide a bouquet of interest and intensity. The perfume and fragrance of Cabernet Sauvignon works in perfect harmony with the darker fruit profile of the Shiraz. Rich, layered and precise, the palate exhibits waves of flavour and fruit sweetness. Dark chocolate, plums and spice flavours fill the palate. A fine grained tannin structure that gives the wine substantive backbone and drive, providing a wine of incredible length and balance. A linear focus to this red with blackberry, blueberry and slate character. Medium body, firm tannins and a fresh finish.  

  • WHO MADE IT?
  • With the immense heritage behind 6 generations of Hardy’s family winemaking, the business has never looked stronger. A pioneer of the McLaren Vale vineyard region (most notably after purchasing the Tintara winery and vineyards), Hardy’s is now a multi-regional brand with a diverse portfolio of wines. Hardy’s has established vineyard sites across most of southern Australia. Fruit sources include Tasmania, Yarra Valley and Pemberton in WA. Vineyard practices vary, but high profile wines show depth and more regionality than the fruit bowl region wines. The depth of the range is as impressive as it is broad. Thomas Hardy and Eileen Hardy sit at the top of the brand tier with Heritage Reserve Bin, Sir James and Oomoo following on. Nottage Hill has been a big commercial success for Hardy’s. Innovation is at the forefront for wine making practices at Hardy’s. Large scale production has limited boutique influence, but recent years have seen a shift back to smaller ferments, experimentation and more hands-on winemaking for the top tier wines.

  • EXPERT REVIEWS
  • 99 POINTS

    TYSON STELZER


    Highest Rated Table Wine of 2018

    99 POINTS

    JANE FAULKNER - HALLIDAY'S WINE COMPANION


    From the best cabernet sauvignon from Frankland River, Margaret River and Coonawarra, fused with 100yo shiraz from McLaren Vale’s Upper Tintara district, the varieties evenly split. Hand-picked, openfermented, wild yeast, basket-pressed and aged 18 months in French oak (30% new). A vibrant crimson hue with a core of pristine fruit, although this remains in the savoury spectrum, leads onto a complex palate full of energy, the tannins as fine and strong as silk, outlandishly long finish. A heart-skipping wine, exquisitely detailed and elegant.

    97 POINTS

    JEREMY OLIVER


    Ultra-stylish, deeply fragrant, long and dark-fruited with fine crunchy tannins and polished oak.

    96 POINTS

    HUON HOOKE - THE REAL REVIEW


    Deep red colour with a strong purple tint, youthful for its age, and the bouquet is very complex and oak-infused, starting to turn toasty and 'roasting pan' complex with some notes of smoked meats. The wine is full-bodied and firmly-structured, with abundant tannins which are smooth and fleshy, the aftertaste long and elegant.

    93 POINTS

    MIKE BENNIE - THE WINE FRONT


    Has a portion of Jack Mann, has a portion of the Eileen Hardy Shiraz, and a tiny splash of Coonawarra (cabernet). A unique proposition brought together by senior winemakers at Hardy’s to celebrate the 165th year of Hardy’s. Dark, brooding, foreboding wine. Inky, potent, glossy and serious. Deep bouquet of dark berries, salt bush, sea spray, bay leaf, turned wet earth. The palate a cavalcade of plum, cassis and rich black currant, rolls chewy and assertive yet bundled into a dart-shaped thrust of wine. Strong cedar character, gummy, rugged tannins and a general sense of power here. Not quite coherent, but you can imagine the secondary characters of maturation and softening up being where you want to drink this, 10 years from now. 93+ Points

    ACCOLADES


    Winner & Top Trophy - Great Australian Red Challenge 2016