Hardy’s HRB Shiraz 2006

84 points

Clare Valley and Adelaide Hills. 14%

Astonishing dark colour, much more black than red. Already starting to throw a crust.

Slightly malo aromas.

A bland commercial wine if better than most and mercifully not sweet. The dominant flavour seems to me to be the Clare black olive style Shiraz.

This was the surprise joint winner of the Winestate World’s Greatest Shiraz Challenge 2010 along with Auguste Clape’s 2006 Cornas. Unbelievable. I’ve never trusted Winestate.

This is a new regional blend from Hardy’s and in the subsequent vintages the blend changes.

Update: 1 year later, another bottle – my opinion hasn’t changed.

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