Hardy’s new release 2015 and 2016 sub regional McLaren Vale Tintara reds

I recently tried Hardy’s new release sub regional Tintara reds, all from McLaren Vale.  These are all very high quality wines and present great value for money at the premium end of the market.

Hardy’s Tintara Blewitt Springs Shiraz 2015, McLaren Vale 
This shiraz is from the Blewitt Springs, which is the furthest part of McLaren Vale from the sea and sits at approximately 200 metres of altitude.  In the glass, it is a very classical expression of McLaren Vale shiraz.  A deep purple colour, the 2015 vintage has aromas of licorice, boysenberry, gentle vanilla and juicy ripe blackberries.  The palate is full bodied with great length and reminders of juicy black fruits, dark plums.   Soft tannins and long length complete the picture.  This wine sits comfortably at this price and can be approached now, or cellared for a decade or more.  Rating: Very Good. Abv: 14.5%. Price: $80. Source: Sample.

Hardy’s Tintara Yeenunga Shiraz 2015, McLaren Vale
This is an outstanding first release of this label, with the grapes sourced from an old vine single vineyard in the north of McLaren Vale.   Deeply coloured in the glass, it has a rich aroma of saturated plums and (well judged) cedar.  The palate is full bodied and viscous, with notes of soy and licorice.  It finishes with long length and some firm tannins.  Joyously approachable now, this wine will also reward long cellaring.  Rating: Outstanding. Abv: 14%. Price: $80. Source: Sample.

Hardy’s Tintara Reserve Grenache 2016, McLaren Vale
The best grenache, in my opinion, does not really resemble grenache but takes on a different and substantial character.  McLaren Vale is one of the few regions where this is achieved, taking an international perspective.  This wine is McLaren Vale grenache at its best, with aromatics of meats, pepper, spice and red fruits.  The palate is full bodied, with long length and a spicy and peppery aspect.  This is a serious grenache that can be approached now or cellared for at least five years.  Rating: Very Good to Outstanding. Abv: 14.5%. Price: $70. Source: Sample.

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