Hardy’s Tasting with Paul Lapsley 13.9.2018
2018 HRB Riesling
70/30 Clare Valley / Tasmania
“Juicy, Germanic Tassie overlay.” Crunchy green apple, lime flesh, and lime citrus. Fleshy mid-palate with a chalky/talcy finish. Graceful, fleshy, and floral. Soft! Wizz Fizz sherbet sticks. Hand picked whole bunch. Sat on lees in bottle. 4-5g/L
2016 HRB Chardonnay
Yarra Valley, Margaret River, Pemberton, Tumbarumba, Adelaide Hills.
“Creamy white peach, lemon curd, nectarine, red grapefruit, cashew mealiness. Southern Alpine Districts 800m above sea-level. Hazlenut, stone fruit, citrus, red apple skin, salty, preserved lemon, savoury. Oak is a touch old fashioned, but the salty palate is very modern. Barrel ferments wild yeast toasty oak.
2016 Eileen Hardy Chardonnay
Yarra Valley, Tasmania
Yarra: 1-10-V1 Clone. Lemon curd, white flesh grapefruit, white peach. Tasmania south of Swansea. 95/96 Bernard Clone. Crunchy and phenolic. Crushed sesame, white pepper, crushed oyster shell, red apple skin. Finesse and length of palate. I recently drank and 2010, and a 2006. Both were glorious in their own ways. Certainly this ages gracefully.
2017 HRB Pinot Noir
85% Yarra Valley, 15% Tasmania
Whole bunch (25-30%) wild yeast, barrel ferment lees for one year. 1000 cases made. Red fruits, cherry, palate feels amazing: silky. Strawberry and cream character. There’s a sourness that isn’t too appealing… ‘sappy’ perhaps?
2016 was quite spectacular in South Australia. It was one of our best red vintages ever. – Paul Lapsley
2016 HRB Shiraz
McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Pyrenees
5% whole bunch. Elegance first. Ripe raspberry fruit, dark berries, it’s got concentration and power without weight. Mulberries. 9000 doz made. 14.5%ABV
2016 Tintara, Upper Tintara Single Vineyard
From the Bob Hardy vineyard. Block next to the Eileen Hardy vineyard. Purple, blueberry, purity. “Bobs Block’, juicy fruit, fine tannin, no additions. 25-30% new French barriques. 4500L + 300L 1 and 2 year old for the rest. Delicious. Exciting.
2016 HRB Cabernet Sauvignon
McLaren Vale, Frankland River, Margaret River, Clare Valley, Barossa Valley.
Much more brick red than the fuschia shiraz. Wilsons Pool may be better than Justin’s Vineyard in time. Elegant and lovely. Back palate juiciness is a great pleasure. Inky and dark fruited.
2015 Eileen Hardy Shiraz
Aromatic, intense, savoury umami character – moreish. Amazing. Elegant. Powerful. Refined. A real wow wine. Rich. Excellent length of flavour. Sourced from Upper tintara. Plush. Silky. Block 4 Contours. Planed 1891. Bob’s Block. Similar heat year: 2008, 2007, 2003.
165th Anniversary Cabernet Shiraz, 2014
99 pts James Halliday, 99 points Tyson Stelzer
“Old vine fruit has tannins that melt in your mouth, like fucking Russian black caviar.”
51% Cabernet Sauvignon: Frankland River (Block 13, Justin’s), Coonawarra (Balnaves)
49% Shiraz: McLaren Vale
“2014 was spectacular.” Elegant and medium bodied at best. Finesse! Tannins are cabernet dominant; structured with bright acidity. Raspberry and blackcurrant on the nose, great length of flavour. Black and inky without weight. Lovely interplay between cabernet and shiraz.
Launch October 2018. RRP ~ $250
A 2016 vintage was made, Frankland River fruit was used again.