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Given the escalation in positive cases of COVID-19 here in South Australia, we are making a few small changes at cellar door to keep you and our team safe.
In addition to the standard health directives currently in force – including seated consumption only, mandatory QR code check-ins and mandatory mask wearing when moving around – we are implementing a small number of additional changes at our Pertaringa cellar door to keep you and our team safe during your visit.
While walk-ins are always welcome, you can help us by pre-booking your tasting experiences here. With the increased transmissibility of the Omicron variant, we can manage our space more effectively with pre-bookings and table planning to keep you distanced from other groups and visitors to cellar door. It also allows us to plan resources more effectively to ensure we have sufficient staff to safely look after you.
We are also accommodating all tastings outside only – either on the deck adjacent to cellar door or in the barrel shed where there is ample ventilation, high-ceilings, open doors and evaporative air conditioning in hot weather to increase airflow.
During this time, we ask that you refrain from entering the indoor cellar door space. We’ll be happy to bring your takeaway purchases to your table.
We look forward to welcoming you over the summer months and assure you of our best efforts to make your visit a memorable and safe one!
Given the escalation in positive cases of COVID-19 in South Australia and the public health advice from the Premier and SA Health, we have decided that it would not be appropriate for us to hold the Summer Twilight Sessions scheduled for Saturdays in January at our Pertaringa cellar door.
Well, that’s a wrap of the first full calendar year of Bec Hardy Wines – it’s been a year of growth, achievements, the odd challenges, hellos, goodbyes and laying the foundation for future growth.
In January, we were finally pleased to welcome our new winemaker, Bec Swincer (BecS). It’s been a delight to work with Bec to build the foundations of short-, medium- and long-term improvements in our viticulture and winemaking, through closer relationships with our growers, winemaking innovation and sustainability practices. We’ll have lots more to share on that in the coming years.
Where is my delivery? Why is it taking so long?
We’re hearing from some our customers that deliveries are taking a little longer than normal, especially coming up to Christmas with additional strain on delivery networks. Our courier partners have been under a lot of pressure during the COVID-19 pandemic, with increased online ordering and ongoing / ever-changing issues with state border closures.
Online wine orders are usually processed and shipped from our Pertaringa cellar door within 24 hours of being received (excluding weekends). We work closely with our courier partners at Australia Post, Couriers Please and Aramex to get the orders delivered to our customers as quickly as possible, but we know that expected delivery times have, in some instances, more than doubled during the pandemic and coming up to Christmas. Split deliveries are also happening more often, meaning customers might receive one part of the order one day, and the remaining part is delivered a day or even several days later. Tracking services have also been affected, resulting in sometimes sporadic and delayed tracking updates – in some cases, the tracking will not even be updated at all prior to delivery.
We know that it can be very frustrating when deliveries are taking so much longer than usual, but we really appreciate your patience and understanding while we work with our couriers to get your wine to you as soon as we possibly can.
Why can’t you use a different courier company?
We have been working with three of South Australia’s largest and most trusted courier companies for years now – Australia Post, Couriers Please and Aramex. They have helped us deliver tens of thousands of boxes of wine to customers all over Australia, and continue to do so during the pandemic, although under increased pressure from the huge increase in online ordering and difficulties with state border closures and restrictions. We know from other companies in the wine industry (and other retail industries) that the delivery delays we are experiencing are not limited to any specific courier company, but extend across the entire industry.
What can we do to help?
While online tracking can sometimes be very helpful, we encourage our customers to contact us directly rather than contacting the courier company with any delivery issues that can’t be resolved online. We have more direct contact channels available to couriers and have experience in what to ask and look for. And most importantly, it saves our customers hitting a frustrating roadblock or experiencing extended response times when trying to contact couriers.
Thanks again so much for your patience and please feel free contact us if you are experiencing any delivery issues. Give us a call on (08) 8383 2700 or send us an email on firstname.lastname@example.org, making sure you have any available order details or tracking numbers handy – and we’ll do our best to help you resolve the problem, quickly and efficiently!
Following its 92 points and Editor’s Choice rating by prestigious US publication Wine Enthusiast, the team at Bec Hardy Wines was really excited to learn that the Pertaringa Lakeside Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 was included in the magazine’s Top 100 Wines of 2021!
The Pertaringa Lakeside Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 was rated at number 53 of 100 and was selected from more than 22,000 wines tasted from across the world. There were only 5 Australian wines included in the Top 100 and the Lakeside Cabernet Sauvignon was the only South Australian wine!
McLaren Vale is home to more than 80 cellar doors and vineyards and many of the world’s oldest grape vines. There are world-class restaurants, breweries, distilleries, cafes and markets. We’re so lucky in McLaren Vale to have such proximity to the beach and Adelaide’s food bowl on the Fleurieu Peninsula, surrounded by world class produce be it seafood, fruit, vegetables, beef, pork, lamb.
For those that love the good things in life, all things epicurean, you’ve come to the right place.
McLaren Vale is one of the most extraordinary wine regions in the world. Not only is it less than an hour’s drive from a state capital, but it’s also a short hop to the sea and some of the state’s most beautiful beaches. Sometimes we can’t believe we’re so lucky to live here.
While we wholly support visitors making it their goal to pop into as many Cellar Doors as possible, there is plenty to do down here in the Fleurieu outside of the wine world.
Spring is one of the times of year when we open up the virtual doors to the www.WineShedSale.com.au, topped off by a tasting weekend at the beginning of December.
Richard and I are often asked what our favourites from this sale are, so I thought I’d give you a few suggestions!
September through to November is a time of year when we’re doing lots of new bottlings ahead of our once-a-year export shipment to our Canadian distributor. My pick of the whites at the moment is the Bec Hardy Clare Valley Riesling 2021 – we’ve been taking home the open bottles at the end of the day at cellar door to enjoy and that can be a dangerous thing on a Wednesday! It’ll age for a few years too if you like aged Rieslings. Before we were getting stuck into the Riesling, the pick of the whites for me has been the Bec Hardy SA Pinot Gris 2021. The aromatics on this wine and the palate weight are just so attractive and it’s just a delight to drink, especially on warmer days!
If we’re looking for a mid-week, light red quaffer on a warm day while cooking dinner, we always turn to the Lakeside Pinot Noir 2021. A Pinot Noir at this price point that tastes like Pinot Noir is a rarity – one bottle can easily lead to a second with this wine!
You might find it surprising, but at home we don’t drink too much Shiraz. Richard did however open a bottle of the Regional Series McLaren Vale Shiraz 2019 last week for a single glass over dinner and, needless to say, he nearly finished the bottle. I guess you can work out that he enjoyed it – perhaps a bit too much!
Another red wine we have really been enjoying at home is the Export Label Mourvédre 2020. This wine is a little lighter than a Cabernet Sauvignon or Shiraz, with really good acidity. We knocked off a bottle of this on Saturday evening with a couple of Yearling scotch fillets on the bone from Ellis Butchers in McLaren Vale. This Mourvédre has almost sold out, so make sure you get in quick!
We’re often asked why we don’t publish the full name of the wine. The answer is quite simple: As good as these prices are, they can sometimes upset a distributor or importer so we have to be a little more discrete with the naming of the wines. This ensures that we keep everyone happy, you included, by delivering great value, premium wines at wholesale prices, direct to your door.
We are busy blending most of our 2020 red wines in preparation for bottling over the next few months. This involves tasting each barrel before it is blended (sometimes over a hundred per day!) to ensure consistent quality in all our wines. Pertaringa Undercover Shiraz and Understudy Cabernet Sauvignon are the two biggest wine blends, but we have also been busy with other new wines such as the Bec Hardy Mourvèdre and Bec Hardy Shiraz Tempranillo blend.
The 2021 red wines are all maturing nicely in oak at the moment and developing into some stunning examples of McLaren Vale reds.
We’re also keeping an eye on spring growth in the vineyards as things develop – we’ve had great winter and spring rainfall so far, promising for a good growing season!
BHW winemaker, Bec Swincer