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Hardys Tintara Cabernet Sauvignon

Cracka Rating

Cracka Review

This is a cracking 'pour me another glass' Vale Cabernet, a wine of richness and depth, carrying both the leafy aromatics of proper Cabernet Sauvignon and the classic mid palate of Vale reds. Don't tell anyone, but this is even better than the Shiraz too (controversial!).

Winemaker's Notes

Rich and stylish with flavours of blackcurrants, chocolate and spice, this McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon has elegantly structured tannins and subtle integration of French oak. The palate is long with good depth of flavour leading onto a fresh, dry finish. Enjoy now, or cellar for 10 years. Wonderful with lamb shanks.

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Hardys Tintara Cabernet Sauvignon

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Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2007 Vintage) says
Tintara is a special name in Australian wine, and it's excellent to see it given new life. This is a very good cabernet though you could argue that it lacks a bit of life. It tastes of currants and tar, sawdusty oak and dried herbs. It has good power, ripeness and a reasonable finish, though its tannin feels clumsy. It's solid and mouth filling, but neither charming nor beautiful. For the price, we'd like at least one of those boxes ticked.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
89
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Deeply coloured; a powerful wine, speaking more or less equally of its region and variety; lush blackcurrant fruit at one end, dark chocolate in the middle, and savoury/earthy tannins at the other end. Curious use of cork for a long-lived wine; for US consumption?
2020
Australian Wine Companion 2010
94
WINESTATE (2006 Vintage) says
Lovely ripe plum aromas with nutty oak underneath - very stylish. Lovely supple sweet fruit flavours supported by a soft, fine, tannic backbone.
Winestate
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2006 Vintage) says
Tintara is a special name in Australian wine and it's excellent to see it given new life. A big red and a very good one. Excellent cabernet - and, again, it's from McLaren Vale. The region is on a cabernet roll. It tastes of currants and ink, tar and cedarwood, with notes of dried herbs and mint giving it lift. It's fragrant, fresh, structured, varietal and downright handsome with flavour. It will live for as long as you want to keep it (well, depending ...).
2010-2016
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10
93
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Full of magimix cassis fruit and dark chocolate, with a restrained girdle of French oak to join the tannins in tightening up the finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
92
Campbell Mattinson (2005 Vintage) says
McLaren Vale cabernet can live for very long periods of time, if rarely rising to great heights. I wouldn't be surprised if this wine held on for a good while too. 2005 RELEASE It definitely tastes like cabernet. It's dusty, briary, chocolaty and ripped with blackberry-like flavour, a vague saltiness appearing on the finish. The fruit flavours are gently sweetened and attractive, and the tannin structure is above its station. If it wasn't for the saltiness I'd mark it higher. It is a very good wine. DRINK 2008-2014.
The Big Red Wine Book 2008
87

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