This red blend from Geoff Hardy is drinking really well right now, and would be great company with a rack of lamb and some roast spuds. It's quite a full-boded style that shows ripe, rich black currants on the nose, with some violets and mint in the mix. The palate is smooth and juicy, with plummy flavours, a lick of toast, soft tannins, and a sultry finish.
Geoff is a member of the fifth generation of the Hardy winemaking family. After studying at Roseworthy College, he set out on a career path as an independent grape grower and viticulturist and bought his first vineyard, Pertaringa, along with Ian Leask in 1980.
In 1986 he planted the K1 vineyard in the southern Adelaide Hills for producing ultra premium cool climate wines. Since this time Geoff has also planted the 160ha Wirrega Vineyard in the Bordertown region of the Limestone Coast and the 200ha Angas Vineyard in Langhorne Creek. These vineyards were planted in a similar manner to the K1 vineyard with careful site selection and canopy management for each variety.
As well as managing his own vineyards, Geoff also consults to and is involved in the running of many other vineyards across the state. The winemaking of the GMH wines is undertaken by skilled winemaker and ex-chef, Shane Harris with Geoff closely watching from the wings.
The GMH Family Selection Red Blend 2014 is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot and is a soft, round and easy drinking red.
Appearance: Clear ruby red.
Nose: Aromas of violets, red fruits, mulberry and blackberry.
Palate: Vibrant and juicy with lifted aromas of cassis and perfume with menthol notes.