Hardys Thomas Hardy Cabernet Sauvignon 1996

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HTCS199612 UCAU
  • 96 Points, James Halliday, Drink by 2026
  • One of Australia's oldest wineries
  • This represents the pinnacle of their winemaking and viticulture
  • 1 or more bottles
    $99.99
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  • James Halliday
    96 points
  • Campbell Mattin
    93 points

Editors notes

First released in 1989, The award winning Thomas Hardy Cabernet Sauvignon is one of Hardys greatest wines and a fitting tribute to the founder’s passion for winemaking. As south Australia’s first winemaker Thomas’s vision was to ‘create wines that will be prized in the markets of the world’. So continuing his vision, each year Hardy's select the best parcels of Cabernet Sauvignon from the Coonawara, Margaret River and Frankland River regions to create a refined and elegant wine, rich in flavour and with an outstanding palate.

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Tasting Profile

  • Light (Light)
    Full (Full)
  • Low Tannin (Low Tannin)
    Tannic (Tannic)
  • Sweet (Sweet)
    Dry (Dry)
  • Low Acidity (Low Acidity)
    High Acidity (High Acidity)
  • Aroma
    • Blackberry
    • Blueberry
    • Pepper
  • Palate
    • Blackberry
    • Fruit Cake
    • Tobacco

Food Pairings

  • Pork
  • Red Meat

Critic Scores & reviews

  • James Halliday

    96
    "Still dense and strong in colour, the bouquet is primarily powered by sweet blackcurrant fruit, the palate packed with dense blackcurrant/blackberry fruit, the tannins still to fully soften but in balance."
  • Campbell Mattinson

    93
    "In the pantheon of Australian cabernet this wine attempts to sit as one of the Gods – and value-assessments aside, it’s certainly a very good wine. A blend of McLaren Vale and Adelaide Hills fruit (no longer Coonawarra) the nose has an ethereal, fragrant leaf-sweetness (licoricey basil and sweet dried tobacco), a lifted mintiness, plus nicely settled and seasoned black fruit power. It’s all quite charming."

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Australia

The Australian wine industry is the fourth-largest exporter in the world, exporting 760 million litres to countries such as the UK, France, Italy and Spain. It has been one of the most successful 'New World' wine producing countries. It has done this by formally exporting and marketing its wines as a whole, through Wine Australia. There is also a significant domestic market for Australian wines, with Australians consuming nearly 500 million litres of wine per year. The wine industry is a significant contributor to the Australian economy through production, employment, export and tourism.

Wine regions are in almost all the states with Victoria having 21 regions! Read more about key wine regions such as Margaret River, Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Eden Valley, Clare Valley, Hunter Valley, Yarra Valley and local to New South Wales, Cowra, Southern Highlands and Mudgee.

South Australia

If you like Australian wine, then you probably like South Australia wine. The rich reds produced there put Australia on the wine-making map of the world. With over 40% of the country's vineyards, South Australia can rightfully call itself the wine state.

Wines are produced in several regions throughout the state, though many are naturally grouped together, like Barossa and Eden Valleys, only 15 minutes apart. They include such regions as Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Eden Valley, Coonawarra, Adelaide Hills, Kangaroo Island, Langhorne Creek, The Limestone Coast, McLaren Vale and Wrattonbully to name but a few!

Barossa Valley boasts some of the oldest vines in Australia dating back to 1843 and produces some of the world's finest Shiraz, whilst the 'terra rossa' soils of Coonawarra is most suited to producing outstanding Cabernet Sauvignons. If you're a fan of Riesling, Clare Valley is a great place to explore and for a Maritime climate not dissimilar to parts of the Italian coastline, seek out the wines from McLaren Vale.

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