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On Thursday 16th September, the team at Bec Hardy Wines was thrilled to be named as the ‘Regional Exporter of the Year 2021’ at the SA Premier’s Export Awards, held to showcase South Australian exporters with remarkable capabilities to the world.
This award was the second major export award since the company’s official launch on 1st July 2020. Since launching, Bec Hardy Wines has opened up new markets in several countries, including the US, Canada, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, India, Singapore, Malaysia, and Luxembourg.
Going forward, the team is excited to build on this initial success and is now actively exploring further expansion into other major international markets.
Bec Hardy Wines remains proud sponsors of Nature Foundation and we were really excited to see the foundation’s co-founder and Bec’s grandmother, Dr Barbara Hardy AO, named as South Australia’s number 1 ‘Most Influential Green Leader’ in the Advertiser last weekend. Bec is a life member of Nature Foundation and currently serves on the board, carrying on Barbara’s legacy in a small way. It was also great to see Professor Chris Daniels named at number two in this article. Chris is a friend and former board member of Nature Foundation, and is still involved in the College for Nature Champions, which Bec and Richard will co-convene from next year, aiming to raise $5 million in five years to provide a perpetual endowment fund.
You can read the whole article here.
Where is my delivery? Why is it taking so long?
We’re hearing from some our customers that deliveries are taking a lot longer than normal, especially in NSW and Victoria due to the current lockdowns. Our courier partners have been under immense 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. 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!
Did you know that Bec Hardy Wines now offers a selection of all-inclusive, no stress corporate Christmas functions at both our Pertaringa and Tipsy Hill venues in McLaren Vale?
There’s a variety of options available, ranging from casual cocktail events to more formal sit-down functions.
Please email Anna Kerley at email@example.com for more information.
As we mark the halfway point of the year, everything is tracking well in the winery. Our 2021 Scarecrow Sauvignon Blanc and Rosé have both been bottled and will be hitting the shelves soon. The 2021 reds have all finished malolactic fermentation and are safely tucked in oak for the next 9-12 months. We use predominantly French hogshead barrels for the Pertaringa and Bec Hardy reds, with both new and old oak to best complement the fruit. The red wines are looking amazing this year and we’re excited to see what the next phase of maturation will bring for them. Our first red wine to bottle is the Lakeside Pinot Noir, which is our only red wine bottled in the same year that the grapes are picked. This Pinot Noir is medium-bodied, fruit focused and spends only a few months on French oak to give it a gentle oak influence that complements the fresh, spicy fruit flavours in the wine. The next few months in the winery will be focused mainly on the 2020 reds. The next steps for production will be to get these wines out of oak, blend and prepare them for bottling later in the year.
BHW winemaker, Bec Swincer
While winter is traditionally a period of dormancy, there’s still plenty of colour in the Tipsy Hill garden – and still plenty of work to do! With any large garden, it’s always a work in progress rather than a finished space.
At the moment, we’re transplanting Russelia equisetiformis (Coral Plant) from the driveway to the northern garden bed. We’re also transplanting Shasta Daisies from the ‘White Garden’ to the garden bed alongside the driveway, and transplanting Irises and Phormium plants from near the pepper tree and planting them under the pines at the top of the garden, near the driveway.
To add to our kitchen garden, we’re also planting avocado trees in the western garden area. We continue to prune perennial shrubs and groundcovers, and also remove plants from areas that are becoming overcrowded. So plenty to keep us busy!
On Sunday 5th September, join us at the Pertaringa cellar door for a family-friendly and fun Father’s Day celebration featuring all of dad’s favourites: wine, a lamb on the spit and a brazier! Our friends from Ikonic Kitchen will prepare slow-cooked lamb on the spit for a buffet-style lunch with lots of yummy accompaniments and dad can choose from our premium range of sparkling, white, rosé and red wines. Tickets are limited – so make sure you book now!
Ticket price includes a glass of wine on arrival and lunch. Additional wines will be available for purchase by the glass or by the bottle.
This Mother’s Day, join Bec and her family for a special celebration at her beautiful Tipsy Hill property.
This will be a very exclusive event with one morning and one afternoon tea session, featuring only 22 tickets available for each.
Enjoy a glass of the Bec Hardy Premium Sparkling NV on arrival with a selection of petite sweets and savoury treats, followed by unlimited exploring opportunities of the picturesque Tipsy Hill gardens.
A selection of Bec Hardy and Pertaringa wines will also be available for purchase by the glass or by the bottle on the day.
Limited tickets available – book here.
The 2021 vintage is shaping up to be a great one with steady growing conditions, no major weather events and a cooler harvest period leading to great colour, natural tannins and good acid retention. No significant rain during vintage also meant very low disease pressure.
Harvest started in early February and everything has now been picked and gone through fermentation. Our Sauvignon Blanc and Rosé have been blended and stabilised, and are being prepared for bottling in June. All the reds are in oak and going through secondary malolactic fermentation.
All in all, the 2021 vintage is looking like it might be one of the best in the last 10 years!