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Hand Crafted by Geoff Hardy Lagrein 2017

Special Price $20.00 Regular Price $30.00
This Lagrein is every bit as good as the previous edition and marks the 3rd vintage of this wine which is properly world class, better even than most we have tasted from Lagreins homeland in Bozen. It’s bursting at the seams with blue and black fruits, red fruit acidity and plentiful fine tannins. Needs perhaps 6 months to settle into a groove, alternately double decant it is you are going to drink now. Rare fillet steak works well. If it was Shiraz it’d be in a very heavy bottle and with a price tag ranging from $40-150, depending on the producer.
Hand Crafted by Geoff Hardy Lagrein
Wine Specs
Region
Limestone Coast and Adelaide Hills
Vintage
2017
Winery
Geoff Hardy
Winemaker
Shane Harris
Bling
None yet but we like it!
Alcohol %
14
Size
750 mL
Lagrein hails from South Tyrol in Northern Italy. The best stuff comes out of the Alto Adige, especially Bolzano. In spite if it being seriously cold there, the fruit also gets some decent pulses of hear in the ripening period… and produces wine with plenty of tannin and acid, low ph, minerality and huge flavours. They can tend toward rusticity with furry tannins. No doubt it can also produce good hooch in hot climes, as Silhouette’s Riverland Lagrein has shown. The Handcrafted is from the Limestone Coast and Adelaide Hills. It’s a ripper. Get on it.
Adelaide Hills, SA

Region

Adelaide Hills, SA

Considerably cooler than the surrounding plains, the hills are washed in rain during winte ...
Considerably cooler than the surrounding plains, the hills are washed in rain during winter months, and the peaks wrapped in fog. It is considered a high rainfall region compared to other Australian regions, but outside of winter the climate is warm and dry. Night time temperatures are the feature - notably cooler than the day when the sun sets. Worth noting is how the average rainfall increases the higher you go, with Mount Lofty picking up 1400mm on the old splash-o-meter compared to 850mm just 10K down the road in Charleston. This range of moisture and altitudes results in a variety of soils, but in general are sand and clay loam over clay subsoils. ... Read Full Article
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Limestone Coast, SA

Region

Limestone Coast, SA

The Limestone Cost comprises a few sub-regions you've likely already heard of, such as the ...
The Limestone Cost comprises a few sub-regions you've likely already heard of, such as the acclaimed Coonawarra. But in amongst the known are some hardly knowns that you may miss, and shouldn't. Wrattonbully, Mount Benson and Padthaway – feel free to read up on these in more detail, but here's an overview. History With vines dating back to the 1970's, Wrattonbully grew to fame in the early 90's when larger producers like Hardy's and Beringer Blass began planting. Primarily a red region, with shiraz and cabernet sauvignon in quantity. Mount Benson, first planted in 1989, is a newcomer to the South Australian industry. It has quickly esta ... Read Full Article
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Lagrein

Variety

Lagrein

We are big fans of Lagrein here at WD and have been ever since we latched onto the magnifi ...
We are big fans of Lagrein here at WD and have been ever since we latched onto the magnificent Geoff Hardy 2013 Lagrein. It's taken us until now to find another one which we love as much – the 2016 Silhouette Lagrein… History Lagrein is one of those varieties which can produce exceptional wines in a wide variety of different climates. Its home is in the Alto Adige/ South Tyrol in Northern Italy, which is bordered by Austria, Lichtenstein and Switzerland… a properly cold place to grow grapes. In spite of this the fruit also gets some decent pulses of hear in the ripening period … and produces complex and lon ... Read Full Article
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Hand Crafted by Geoff Hardy

Winery

Hand Crafted by Geoff Hardy

Lionel Richie did it, Eric Clapton did it, Sting, Iggy, Lou Reed and Bret Michaels from Po ...
Lionel Richie did it, Eric Clapton did it, Sting, Iggy, Lou Reed and Bret Michaels from Poison have even done it... ah wait scratch that last one, I’m talking about people who’ve successfully gone solo! In the South Australian world of wine one such solo venture that is definitely in the successful category with Lionel and Eric as opposed to a really poor 80’s hair metal solo project is Geoff Hardy’s Solo life. Leaving the family business in 1980, Geoff Hardy’s growing  brands now include Pertaringa of McLaren Vale, K1 out of Adelaide HIlls and his Hand Crafted label using vineyards from the Limestone Coast, Lang ... Read Full Article
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Kim Brebach
Kim Brebach
Who is Kim Brebach? Kim Brebach is also known as the Best Wines Under $20 Guy to those who subscribe to his weekly mailer. However, first and foremost, he’s a wine lover, an unashamed Riesling obsessive and champion of the belief that great wine doesn’t necessarily have to come with a great big price tag. 'Kim is an outspoken defender of truth, justice and value-for-money in wine, and I respect his opinions, his passions and his convictions' - Huon Hooke Kim's runs a website - Best Wines Under $20 - and sends out his Best Buys Weekly mailer to subscribers, finding the best deals from around the country at the best prices - a one stop weekly wine catalogue if you like. Kim prides himself on his independence, and his reviews reflect that: they're direct and forthright, so much so that some retailers have complained that they're 'brutal', and some wineries
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Lagrein
Lagrein

We are big fans of Lagrein here at WD and have been ever since we latched onto the magnificent Geoff Hardy 2013 Lagrein. It's taken us until now to find another one which we love as much – the 2016 Silhouette Lagrein…

History

Lagrein is one of those varieties which can produce exceptional wines in a wide variety of different climates. Its home is in the Alto Adige/ South Tyrol in Northern Italy, which is bordered by Austria, Lichtenstein and Switzerland… a properly cold place to grow grapes. In spite of this the fruit also gets some decent pulses of hear in the ripening period … and produces complex and long lived red wine with plenty of tannin and acid, low ph, minerality and huge flavours. They can tend toward rusticity with furry tannins.

In Australia

Lagrein can also excel in the Murray Darling and Riverland which are pretty much at the opposite end of the climate spectrum to the grapes' homeland. Australia’s
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Hand Crafted by Geoff Hardy
Hand Crafted by Geoff Hardy
Lionel Richie did it, Eric Clapton did it, Sting, Iggy, Lou Reed and Bret Michaels from Poison have even done it... ah wait scratch that last one, I’m talking about people who’ve successfully gone solo!
In the South Australian world of wine one such solo venture that is definitely in the successful category with Lionel and Eric as opposed to a really poor 80’s hair metal solo project is Geoff Hardy’s Solo life. Leaving the family business in 1980, Geoff Hardy’s growing  brands now include Pertaringa of McLaren Vale, K1 out of Adelaide HIlls and his Hand Crafted label using vineyards from the Limestone Coast, Langhorne Creek and the Adelaide Hills. Perhaps out of the three the latest incarnation is producing some of the most interesting and curios varietals in Australia. With a raft of upcoming and small grown varietals like Nero d’Avola, Dolcetto, Graciano, Montepulciano, Aglianco,
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Adelaide Hills, SA
Adelaide Hills, SA

Considerably cooler than the surrounding plains, the hills are washed in rain during winter months, and the peaks wrapped in fog. It is considered a high rainfall region compared to other Australian regions, but outside of winter the climate is warm and dry. Night time temperatures are the feature - notably cooler than the day when the sun sets. Worth noting is how the average rainfall increases the higher you go, with Mount Lofty picking up 1400mm on the old splash-o-meter compared to 850mm just 10K down the road in Charleston. This range of moisture and altitudes results in a variety of soils, but in general are sand and clay loam over clay subsoils. A bit of shale and ironstone can be found, and the soil is acidic on average and rarely acidic.

The combination of climate and soil lends to superb cool-weather whites like Riesling (if you watch for mould), Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and crisp Chardonnays. Merlot, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon can also be found, with the grapes

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Limestone Coast, SA
Limestone Coast, SA

The Limestone Cost comprises a few sub-regions you've likely already heard of, such as the acclaimed Coonawarra. But in amongst the known are some hardly knowns that you may miss, and shouldn't.

Wrattonbully, Mount Benson and Padthaway – feel free to read up on these in more detail, but here's an overview.

History

With vines dating back to the 1970's, Wrattonbully grew to fame in the early 90's when larger producers like Hardy's and Beringer Blass began planting. Primarily a red region, with shiraz and cabernet sauvignon in quantity.

Mount Benson, first planted in 1989, is a newcomer to the South Australian industry. It has quickly established itself as on par with it's older cousins, producing excellent cabernet sauvignon, shiraz, and chardonnay. Cool ocean breezes aid in producing complex, deeply flavoured wines.

Padthaway, like the Coonawarra, has the same red-gold soil, but warmer temperatures overall. Similar in climate to the

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