Eileen Hardy OBE was the wife of the grandson of the original Thomas Hardy. This flagship Shiraz was launched in 1970 on her 80th birthday to mark her key contribution to the company. Five decades and 600 awards later, this is an icon wine of Oz.
The gloriously dark, potent Eileen Hardy is made entirely from premium, old vine Shiraz from the prized McLaren Vale – we're talking vines 50 to 104 years old. It’s a fragrant wine with ripe plum aromas and notes of liquorice, dark chocolate and black olive. Mouthfilling, dark cherry flavours are laced with toasty oak complexity and braced by fine tannins, the result of 18 months in small oak casks. Over the years it's won Trophies, Golds and Silvers galore. Even with all these big gong accolades, it's quite modestly priced, while other Aussie icons often sell for much loftier prices. Still youthful at five years old, the wine is best decanted an hour beforehand to allow the flavours to open out. A triumph with melting soft lamb shanks.
"These are some of Australia’s greatest wines"
James Halliday on Hardy Wine Companion 2018
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