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In 1865 Thomas Hardy had the foresight to begin blending grapes from different regions, believing that the blending would enhance the different qualities of the grapes. His vision proved to be right and it has since become the inspiration for the Heritage Reserve Bin (HRB) range.

in D670. Hardys has been making regional blends since 1865, so this simply follows Thomas Hardy's prescription. He, however, couldn't go to Coonawarra or the Frankland River, these two regions blended with McLaren Vale 150 years after the edict. The colour is deep but vibrant purple-crimson, and the full-bodied palate has the black-fruited power of a weightlifter and the balance of a high wire walker. It is one of those wines with a 100-year life stamped on it. Drink by: 2055; Price: $40.00; Date Tasted: Jan 2017; Alcohol: 14%; Rating: 97 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday; James Halliday Wine Companion

A blend of Coonawarra McLaren Vale and Frankland River cabernet . Defined and elegant with such beautiful refinement. Leafy black olive and black currant. A wonderful example of how sourcing great fruit from different regions can produce some quite special. Rating: 95 Points; Ray Jordan; Top 100 of 2017

Dark fruit, nutty oak, a bit of spice and mint. Medium bodied, almost a bouncy feel to the wine, and very ‘to the tooth’ in texture, with a mass of fine silky tannin, black and red fruits, tobacco, ripe tannin on the long finish. All just so. Tannin a highlight. Rating: 94 Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front

Deep red/purple colour, with an intense bouquet of blackberry and blackcurrant, slight undergrowth and tomato bush at first, but becoming more berry fruited as it breathed. Very intense, focused, concentrated and lively on the tongue, with brightness and drive and enough structure to age well - without demanding a lot more time, like the '14 Thomas Hardy cabernet. A very smart cabernet at its price. Rating: 93 Points; Huon Hooke

 

 

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