The Hardy family history of grape growing goes back several generations in McLaren Vale, and this wine is sourced from vines said to be planted in 1891. It’s full bodied and lush in texture, with aromas and flavors that suggest chocolate, mint, marinated beef and brandied fruit. It shows a bit of alcohol, so drink it over the near term.
This voluptuous, fleshy Shiraz seamlessly blends superripe berries with vanilla, coffee and cocoa notes. It’s full-bodied, with a creamy texture that persists through the lengthy finish. Between the touch of warmth and ultrasoft tannins, smart consumers will want to drink this over the near term—now through 2015.