There€™s something exciting about drinking an aged wine€¦. It€™s a different experience, it€™s different complexities, often a different world€¦ And there€™s something about drinking a bloody good aged wine, one that just blows you away. So, having said that you need to find a wine that will stand the test of time and improve with age, and you need to find a way to store it well. Now the storage side of things is probably another blogpost in itself so I will save that one for another day, but here€™s something that occurred to me the other day, something that I really should do.
The other day I pulled out a 1973 Hardy€™s McLarenVale Hermitage. I€™ve posted my tasting notes / musings below as a few people from Instagram and Facebook have asked me to share what this one was like. It€™s always fun trying an old red wine, hoping that the cork is ok and the wine tastes good. When it does, it can blow you away€¦ But it was nearly the sense of occasion that made me remember something that I always said I would do one day. So, Here€™s my notes on the wine and then I€™ll chat about what this reminded me to do.
Tasting Notes – Hardy’s 1973 McLaren Vale HermitageCork condition
- almost perfect
- beautiful deep red colour still, with a touch of copper colour on the sides as you can see the colour starting to brown a little as it ages
- becoming more medium bodied in weight
- I was 50/50 as to how this would be after getting some jammy / raisin flavours on the nose
- after a little bit more time in the decanter it certainly started to smell ok, although a little more like a good Port
- silky smooth as you’d expect for a 42yo wine, subtle berries coming through. Probably lost some ‘bang’ over the years but still ripe berries coming through after all these years with some chocolate
- did taste a little too much like a Port indicating some oxidation but I thought it may be much worse after smelling such like a Port on the nose
- quite drinkable though, but probably 5-10 years to late. I had planned to drink this one many birthdays ago!