The winemaker for Australia’s iconic Hardys wine was in San Francisco recently to share his wines and the legacy of 160 years.
“Thomas Hardy was the Steve Jobs of his era,” said winemaker Paul Lapsley. “The company has come a long way but our focus remains on balance in our wines and making sure the wine portfolio meet his high expectations.”
Lapsley brought six wines from the portfolio – two chardonnays, one pinot noir and four vintage shiraz.
Hardys Nottage Hill chardonnay ($13) is a well balanced wine with an abundance of white peach, lively citrus and nectarine with toasty oak. William Hardy 2012 chardonnay ($17) offers a compelling oak fermentation with rich flavors of stone fruit and lemon zest.
Sourced from many of South Australia’s premium wine regions, the 2012 Hardys Nottage Hill pinot noir ($13) has red and dark cherry aromas with black olive notes. The palate has a bright, sweet fruits of cherry and raspberry and smoky cigar box characteristics.
Shiraz is the flagship varietal of the wine house. Its 2012 shiraz ($13) is brimming with ripe blueberry, dark cherry and black currant aromas. The dark fruit melds with licorice, chocolate and spice flavors and finishes with subtle tannins. Pour this with roast beef or rack of lamb.
William Hardy 2011 shiraz entices with deep plum and purple hues. The bouquet explodes with ripe, dense blueberry, dark cherry and plum aromas. One sip reveals rich plum and mulberry flavors with dark chocolate, vanilla and clove spices. The tannins are chewy with subtle notes of earthy dark fruit on the finish.