HARDY'S HRB D676 Shiraz, McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Pyrenees
HRB stands for ‘Heritage Reserve Bin’ and is attached by Hardys to wines made by blending components from mature vineyards around the country to which its winemakers have access. This multi-region, multi-vineyard approach is quintessentially Australian and can yield wines of exceptional quality, although it runs counter to Old World-derived notions of ‘terroir’ and individual ‘distinguished sites’ as sources of the finest wines. There is room for both approaches.
The exact makeup of this Shiraz will vary from year to year but it typically includes grapes from vineyards in various regions of South Australia and Victoria. Because blending enables winemakers to show their skills in creating ‘complete’ or ‘whole’ wines that are more or greater than the sum of their parts, HRB wines also tend to offer exceptional value.
Bin D676. A three-way regional blend from McLaren Vale, Clare Valley and the Pyrenees, the best of each create a complete whole. Excellent dark purple-black hue; just the right amount of spice, dark fruits, perfume and flavour. Surprisingly medium-bodied, although plenty of depth and complexity, with finely chiselled tannins and a persistent finish. Best of all, savoury rather than just fruit driven.
95 points, Wine Companion (January 2018)
This has a very rich and plush feel with a wealth of ripe red berries and spices. Succulent, all-round fleshy appeal here.
JamesSuckling.com (June 2019)