Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Hardys 2008 Bankside Shiraz (Australia)
New label. New look, Same wine? I have to be honest, it has been so long since I had a Hardys Bankside that I can't answer that last statement. The label certainly has changed (white and grey with a drawing of the winery) and the look of the bottle is different (taller, more stately and with a screwcap), but the wine inside seems a little more focused and more interesting than what I last remember from my bankside experience. Mocha and black cherry rise to the fore on the smell, with some vanilla/chocolate notes backing it up; you could spend some time here getting lost in the aromas. The palate is juicy with a lovely mix of black and red fruit, slick tannins and an appealing coffee finish. This one's a real winner and great for a late night sip after a long day ... and the 14.5% means you'll be sleeping like a baby in no time - nightie-night..
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