Origin: Limestone Coast/Adelaide Hills, South Australia
Taste guide: Full bodied, blackberry, plum and raspberry fruit flavours, cocoa and floral notes, softened tannins, oaked
75cl - 14% - screwcap
Geoff Hardy established his "Hand Crafted" range in 2004, continuing the 165-year old family tradition of pushing the boundaries of Australian viticulture and winemaking. It offers one of the broadest and most exciting ranges of alternative and emerging varieties in Australia, reflecting the experimental nature of this portfolio.
This wine is produced from the relatively curious north east Italian grape variety of Lagrein which is well suited to Australian viticultural sites. Premium fruit was hand-selected from sustainably managed vineyards in the cooler Adelaide Hills and on the warmer Limestone Coast. Fruit from the Adelaide Hills is leaner while the Limestone Coast fruit has big tannins and an abundance of black fruit. Grapes were hand harvested in late January with each varietal separately vinified in small batches, all in open ferments, then left on its skins for 7 days before pressing. The cuvées were then aged in a mixture of French and American oak for 18 months before final back blending by chief winemaker Shane Harris and then bottled.
The resultant wine is deep ruby red in colour with a nose offering dense aromas of blackberries, cocoa and rose geranium with notes of cloves. The palate is rich and velvety and full of black fruits of every description - blackberries, boysenberries and plum - plus herbs, spices and refreshing acidity. There are softened chalky tannins on its long finish.
In 2012 and 2014, "Winestate Magazine" named "Hand Crafted" and "Wines by Geoff Hardy" as its Australian Winery of the Year.
Australia’s most prominent wine writer, James Halliday, has also rated "Wines by Geoff Hardy" as a 5 red star winery, a top rating only awarded to only 10% of wineries in his respected "Wine Companion".
This particular wine was awarded 91 points by James Halliday.
To quote - “Geoff Hardy likes nothing better than rootling out such treasures as this curious variety and, with its intense ripe fruit and satisfying savoury finish, what’s not to like?”
This elegant and classy wine would be an ideal partner to slow-cooked venison or roast beef.
The winery indicates that this vintage will continue to improve and offer excellent drinking up to 2025.
Has come to the clearance market due to a change in UK importer but hardly seen in UK retail.
Prices in Australia would indicate a retail value of around £15.00 - at Binendwines, a mere £8.95.
Binendwines likes to offer quality out of the ordinary wines and this is no exception. Why not grab a bargain and treat yourself?