Legendary wines from the Hardy’s cellar back to the 30s
If you’ve ever read James Halliday’s ‘Great Tastings’ articles you’re probably familiar with the story I’m about to tell.
It involves wines that are beyond rare. Rather, they’re museum pieces – treasured bottles with storied reputations and pricetags that you don’t want to ask about out. More than that, this collection of wines tells the story of Hardy’s via a wine narrative – the people, the vineyards, the places, all expressed in vinous form.
As ever, wines like these remind you that great Australian wines live much longer than expected. Our wine industry may be labelled as ‘new world’, but our wine history is much older and richer than most people think.
Anyway, enough old wine induced waffling.
These amazing beauties where drunk (not tasted. Drunk. Important distinction) a few months back at a dinner held at the superb Fino restaurant in Willunga (near McLaren Vale). They were opened as part of the launch of the new William Hardy’s range, with Bill Hardy amongst those on hand to tell the stories.
I didn’t score anything here as it felt irreverent to do so – too many curios for that measure. Still, I can’t stress enough how beautiful wines like those oldies from the 30s were. Profoundly youthful even.
Unfortunately, some of these were one-offs, but in most cases several bottles were opened with the best poured at dinner. I just wish I had of taken more photos as my notes really don’t do any of these wines justice.
Anyway, here is my few impressions regardless…
Hardys Traminer 1980 (Padthaway, SA)
Fig cream flavour. Still looking vibrant and rather a bit of solids weight though the palate. Lovely weight in a Montrachet mould. Really clever and dense with plenty of acid. Delicious. Gold medal quality.
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interesting wines, thanks for that!