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2016 Hand Crafted by Geoff Hardy Malbec

Langhorne Creek

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Our Price: $15.99 / bottle (RRP: $30.00 ) Case: 6 x 750ml

'Here is abundant fruit flavour matched by ample tannins giving the wine structure and enhancing its length and ageing ability. Soft, lush palate: a delicious wine.'
Huon Hooke

  • Stepping away from the family business to forge a path on his own was always going to be a challenge for winemaker Geoff Hardy, especially when that business was one of Australia's leading family owned wineries.

    But that fateful decision almost two decades ago has paid dividends many times over. Hardy's, the old family winery, has been taken over by a multinational, while Geoff Hardy's many brands (Pertaringa, K1, Hand Crafted) have all been going from strength to strength. As one of the leading wineries in Australia, with 5 Red Stars from James Halliday, and two recent wins for the Winestate Winery of the Year award, the Geoff Hardy wines are synonymous with high-quality, generous and traditionally full-bodied Australian wines. 

    One of the best wines that the Geoff Hardy stable releases every year is their Langhorne Creek Malbec. A juicy, rich and overtly delicious take on the style that Argentina has made famous. This latest 2016 release is an absolutely stunning wine. Charred blue fruits, with blackcurrant, garrigue and pepper, the wine is further proof that the Langhorne Creek is on par with Argentina and the like for this highly desirable variety.


    Malbec originates from France and is one of the six grape varieties used in Bordeaux blends. It’s now being grown all around the world and has been doing really well in Langhorne Creek.

    The 2016 vintage was in general very mild with low rainfall. The lack of rain looked like it would result in a quick harvest, but a big downpour in early February made sure the vintage was more evenly spread out. The yields were up on a couple of previous years and the quality is looking great.


    Plum and mulberry notes initially seduce, before the spice and darker elements - with which the variety is often associated - kick in. The palate is driven by fresh berries upfront, before the onset of an assertive powdery mouthfeel delivers a satisfying finish. 


    'Deep, bright, saturated purple colour with a very attractive floral, fruit-driven malbec varietal aroma. There is abundant fruit flavour matched by ample tannins giving the wine structure and enhancing its length and ageing ability. Soft, lush palate: a delicious wine.'
    91 Points - Huon Hooke

    'It is beautifully perfumed on the nose showing dark berry, plum, toasted hazelnut and espresso characters with a hint of lavender complexity. The palate displays gorgeous fruit richness and purity, as well as fleshy mouthfeel and supple tannins. This is bold and attractive.'
    93 Points - Sam Kim

    This Malbec is sourced Langhorne Creek and exhibits the generosity and richness of dark berried fruit that you expect from the variety, but also has a more serious, earthen side that provides plenty of interest. A nose of blackberry, raspberry, plum and bracken that has a wisp of oak spice and liquorice. The palate is medium bodied with a gently earthen core that has dark fruits woven throughout; there is plenty of acidity that keeps things moving and works in well with drying but fine tannin. The finish has sullen, drying dark fruits that linger. Will cellar well over the medium term.'|
    92 Points - Patrick Eckel

    'Open-fermented, 7 days on skins, matured for 12 months in used French oak. Deep colour; Langhorne Creek has always produced good malbec, arguably the best in Aus except Wendouree, and this wine doesn't dent the reputation. It's rich, plummy, has good tannin structure, and the best is yet to come.'
    91 Points - James Halliday

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