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Lakeside Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 included in prestigious US wine magazine’s Top 100 Wines

25Nov Lakeside Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 included in prestigious US wine magazine’s Top 100 Wines

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!

Read the tasting review here

 

Bec’s favourite Fleurieu food and drink gems

17Nov Bec’s favourite Fleurieu food and drink gems

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.

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McLaren Vale’s latest things to do + some of our tried and tested favourites!

17Nov McLaren Vale’s latest things to do + some of our tried and tested favourites!

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.

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Bec’s top picks from www.WineShedSale.com.au

17Nov Bec’s top picks from www.WineShedSale.com.au

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.

If you’d like to know more about these wines, feel free to drop us an email at hello@bechardy.com.au or reach out on LiveChat.

Enjoy!

Bec

Spring update from the winery

28Oct Spring update from the winery

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!

Cheers,
BHW winemaker, Bec Swincer

Nature Foundation celebrates its 40th birthday!

19Oct Nature Foundation celebrates its 40th birthday!

On 14th October 1981, Dr Barbara Hardy AO, David Cleland, Warren Bonython AO and Dr Mark Bonnin AM established the organisation known today as Nature Foundation.

40 years later, Nature Foundation has completed decades of amazing preservation work, including:

      • Adding 24 properties in South Australia to the National Reserve System in partnership with State and Commonwealth Governments;
      • Helping to protect 1.15 million hectares of land in South Australia, including more than 5,000 square kilometres on the foundation’s own nature reserves.
      • Providing 418 grants valued at more than $1.7 million to university students, researchers and community organisations to support nature science research to address critical knowledge gaps about our ecosystems;
      • Delivering more than 14,000 megalitres of water to more than 100 wetland complexes in SA’s River Murray Valley through its Water for Nature program; and
      • Involving 250 young Aboriginal people to participate in its innovative and accredited Kids on Country program on the Nature Foundation’s nature reserves.

Bec Hardy joined the Nature Foundation board in 2020 and Bec Hardy Wines remains a proud sponsor of Nature Foundation.

Bec Hardy Wines wins second major export award in 15 months

20Sep Bec Hardy Wines wins second major export award in 15 months

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.

Watch the video here.

Barbara Hardy recognised as South Australia’s ‘Most Influential Green Leader’

27Aug Barbara Hardy recognised as South Australia’s ‘Most Influential Green Leader’

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.

Waiting for your delivery?

12Aug Waiting for your delivery?

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 hello@bechardy.com.au, 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!

Cheers,
Bec Hardy

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