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Eileen Hardy Shiraz

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Eileen Hardy Shiraz

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James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
There was one immediate question hanging over the head of this wine before I tasted it: could it avoid the toughness of the '07 vintage? The answer is a slightly qualified yes, and more so than many of its peers. It is medium- to full-bodied, with an array of exotic spices running through the blackberry and licorice fruit, the tannins not impeding the flow of the wine in the mouth.
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
Nick Stock (2005 Vintage) says
The nose is instantly complex with plenty of ripe fruit, toasty oak and meaty fermentation characters - this top-grade fruit has had the royal treatment in the winery, showing cinnamon and light, earthy notes, fresh-sliced deli meats and abundant mixed summer berries. The palate has undeniable intensity and richness, really smooth and powerful; it expands with fleshy plum flavour and fine, dense tannins, adding toasty, mocha-flavoured oak through the comet-like plum skin finish. Superbly crafted and set to age magnificently.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Deep, dense, purple-crimson, exceptional for a five-year-old wine; has everything expected of a great Australian red destined for a long life — other than a screwcap — with an opulent array of black fruits, ripe tannins and quality oak. Stains on the side
To 2030
Australian Wine Companion 2011
Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says
Polished, stylish and seamless, this very intense and youthful shiraz will age superbly. Heady and alluring, its smoky fragrance of violets, blackberries, dark plums and mocha/chocolate oak reveals undertones of charcuterie meats and bramble. Full to medium in weight, its appealingly sour-edged and chocolatey palate of luscious, juicy shiraz, smoky French oak and velvet-smooth tannin simply eases its way along, culminating in a savoury finish of genuine structure and strength.
Australian Wine Annual 2010
Tyson Stelzer (2005 Vintage) says
Eileen is back on form after her wayward years, and this is her best performance since at least the late 90s. There's more restraint here (14% alcohol) but no shortage of black fruits, ink, graphite and liquorice. Seamlessly honed tannins provide the kind of structure that will age for a decade or two, and perhaps three.
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2005 Vintage) says
All brands and companies go through ups and downs -Hardys is definitely on the up. It now has a stellar portfolio of red wines. Eileen Hardy is the top-of-the-range Hardys red and, while it can be heavily oaked, it has never succumbed to the super-high-alcohol craze. Super-swish regional shiraz. It tastes of chocolate and blackberries, cocoa and cream. That said, it's juicy and lively, dark in its berried fruit profile but vibrant. This is not in any way over-oaked. Or over-cooked. Instead, it's long and juicy and elegant - it's the epitome of both its region and its variety.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
A towering style, yet in great balance; lovely black fruits woven through with quality oak and ripe tannins. Gold medal National Wine Show '06.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
A long-term McLaren Vale classic, with a deep, dark and spicy perfume of blackberries, cassis and smoked oyster-like oak overlying nuances of ginger and sage. Deep, dark and brooding, its sumptuous palate of profoundly intense fruit is neatly backed by a silky-smooth cut of tannin, finishing with a slightly salty tang of mineral. It should flesh out superbly over time.
Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
One of the most elegant to date under this label; medium-bodied, silky texture and very long in the mouth; perfect aftertaste.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
Rob Geddes MW (1996 Vintage) says
The back label says 7 -10 years are required before serving which was laughably conservative for this wine with its rich oaky plummy and dark spices, McLaren Vale fruit just starting to flower with the more perfumed Padthaway elements lifting the finish. The tannins are still firm and the USA oak elements standout indicating this, and would take another six years and the fruit is more than up to the job. 1996 was well regarded and wine like this shows how the vintage has evolved into quality cellarable wine.
Rob Geddes MW

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