2006. Southeastern Australia $5.95 for 750 ml
I soooo wanted to give the Hardys Shiraz a positive review.
Aside from its affordable price, Hardys Shiraz puts itself into boxed wine and bottles with screw caps. I mean, how much more defiantly underdog can a wine get?
Lest you take me the wrong way, antiwinesnob does not disparage the use of screw caps or of boxed wine. Rather, it applauds Hardys for doing this.
The fact of the matter is, both methods (boxed wine and screw-cap bottles) have been shown to actually preserve wine better than traditional corks or synthetic ones. The problem is, there’s still a lot of snobbery out there regarding wines marketed in screw-cap bottles or in boxes. It takes a certain level of gumption (and common sense) to market one’s wines this way and antiwinesnob is a fervent supporter of gumption and common sense. And of underdogs. I even had hopes of the Hardys Shiraz becoming the antiwinesnob mascot….
Alas, the search shall continue as one sip of the Hardys Shiraz revealed the lurking evil that is acetic acid (“AcAc”). While the rich, berry flavors were all there, the sickeningly sour/sweet flavor of AcAc sabotaged any redeeming qualities along with my taste buds.
In an effort to be fair, I employed the same technique I tried with the Marcus James Cab: I sipped it with my dinner of turkey breast and steamed veggies with melted cheddar cheese in the hopes that the proteins in my food might masquerade the nasty AcAc flavor. This time, the trick did not work. Instead, my dinner just tasted bad, too. Or maybe it was actually my cooking….
Bottom line? Pass on the 2006 Hardys Shiraz. But darn it, I’m still not ready to give up on them, so you might see another review in the future on a different Hardys wine.
wine’s website: www.hardys.com