When you talk heritage wine in Australia, but a few names truly spring to mind, however, after more than 165 years of refined production, Hardys Wines can certainly stake its claim as one of the nation’s best. The McLaren Vale icon has built a lineage on traditional wines with a trademark boldness on the palate, echoing the flavour foundations laid down by Thomas Hardy more than a century ago. In 2021, nothing has changed. The recently-released Icon and HRB ranges toast to a lifelong legacy of experimental wines that celebrate the fine produce of South Australia.
“As one of Australia’s oldest and most iconic wineries, Hardys is well known for consistently crafting wines of excellence and is committed to keeping Thomas Hardy’s pioneering spirit alive,” Hardys Head Winemaker and Master of Wine Nigel Sneyd said.
Comprising of five new releases, Hardys Wines’ new HRB and Icon ranges encapsulate the diversity of the southern state. Among them, you’ll find the Eileen Hardy Shiraz 2018, HRB Riesling 2020, HRB Chardonnay 2019, HRB Shiraz 2017 and HRB Cabernet Sauvignon 2017. A multi-faceted collection of bold drops, the Icon and HRB ranges play their cards close to their chest, however, there are some standouts.
The Eileen Hardy Shiraz 2018, named after the first lady of Australian wine, is a rich, ripe release, laden with fruit. According to Hardys, the drop is characterised by its delicate silky tannins, which tickle the throat to deliver a strong finish. Described as ‘like an iron fist in a velvet glove’, the special edition is not unlike the Hardy family matriarch herself, who, after the death of her husband in an air crash in 1938 took over the reins of the family business. Immortalised in the Eileen Hardy Collection, the Australian icon is now making waves with a whole new generation, thanks to the Shiraz 2018.
Outside of the Icons Collection, Hardys Wines has also bolstered the HRB range, the brand’s portfolio of multi-regional blended grapes. In a nod to Thomas Hardy’s original varietal blends which first appeared back in 1865, the HRB Riesling 2020 takes the fine lemon/lime and mineral tightness of Clare Valley fruit and adds the expressive stone fruit flavours of Tasmania.
Similarly, the HRB Chardonnay 2019, a top pick by our standards, typifies the unique component of the Australian wine scene. Crafted from grapes sourced from three of the best cool-climate Chardonnay regions across Australia – Margaret River (WA), Pemberton (WA), Yarra Valley (VIC), the result is a fragrant and vibrant drop that evokes notes of sweet peach, nectarine and citrus flavours on the palate. It’s a fruity and refreshing take on a summer wine, landing just in time for a big occasion.
“The latest Icon and HRB wines represent outstanding vintages across Australia’s finest wine regions and are individual expressions of their distinct terroir,” Sneyd said. “They are truly remarkable drops that embody the pinnacle of Australian winemaking. Every wine challenges the boundaries of viticulture whilst maintaining the high quality for which Hardys is renowned.”
With a portfolio that spans centuries and the quality to back it up, it’s hard to argue against Hardys. The latest releases only add to the legacy. The Eileen Hardy Shiraz 2018 (RRP $153.99) and the Hardys HRB Range (RRP $35.00) is available now through Dan Murphy’s stores nationwide.