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Hardys Unveil Char No.3: Review

Hardy's Char No.3. Image via Accolade Wines. Image supplied.

It’s worth your $26, and more. 

Across 130 countries, there are two million glasses of Hardys wine being enjoyed every single day. That’s a lot of wine. We’re either alcoholics or, maybe we just know how to enjoy a good wine or two.

Let’s go with the latter.

Better yet, Hardys is Australian, humbly grown on the banks of the River Torrens in South Australia since 1850. Originally known for their shiraz, the Hardys family business dates back to five generations and has grown from strength to strength to create new and delicious blends, the latest of which is the Char No.3.

The new wine is bold, it’s a richer red and it’s forged in flames. It sounds like a strong ginger-sword-wielding-Viking – it’s not. The Char No.3 is smooth, filled with flavour and makes you double-take at the price. It tastes better than $26.

Hardys wines have the vision to grow the $20-$35 wine segment, encouraging wine-loving folk and those unsure about wine, to purchase a more premium regional red. Andrew Stark, General Manager – Marketing and Category ANZP at Accolade Wines is excited about the new wine.

“Launching Char No.3 is an important part of encouraging new consumers to the brand who are looking for more approachable wines from premium producers who are ready to take the next step in their wine journey. It will help give them the confidence to try more premium wine and to further develop their appreciation for these classic varieties.”

So, what does it taste like?

Well, we’ve tried the two and they aren’t for the white wine lovers. The Hardys Char No.3 Shiraz 2018 is rich with vibrant dark fruits of blackberry, plum and black cherries. Yet, it is balanced by the generous rich texture of charred oak barrels and velvety tannins. The use of French oak also adds to the roundness and overall complexity of the drop. The second, the Hardys Char No.3 Cabernet Sauvignon, is laden with rich notes of red currant, plum with thyme and savoury ground spice. It has bold tannins and complexity balanced perfectly by its incredible length.

So, the next time you’re looking for a red, search for the McLaren Vale Hardys drop – you won’t be disappointed.

Feature image via Accolade Wines
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