as featured in The Weekend Australian, 2 April 2002

Hackersley Wines

Another newcomer to the ranks is Hackersley, from the Geographe region of Western Australia. It is a substantial venture, with most of the grapes from the first vintage in 2000 being sold to BRL Hardy/Houghton, and a small amount of wine made under the immaculately packaged Hackersley label.

These wines are so sophisticated it is hard to believe that Houghton did not have a hand in their making, but that is by the by.

Cabernet Sauvignon 2000
James Halliday Jan 25 2002 Rating: 93 out of 100
Excellent red-purple, deep but clear; a smoothly complex mix of cassis, mulberry, cedar and spice on the bouquet, then an elegant but flavoursome palate with ripe cassis and impeccable oak handling. Lovely wine, outstanding value.

Shiraz 2000
James Halliday Jan 25 2002 Rating: 92 out of 100
Medium to full red-purple; solid, ripe black fruits and chocolate aromas are folded through well-handled oak; on the palate there is abundant but not over-extracted black cherry, chocolate and spice fruit, allied with excellent tannins and oak.

Sauvignon Blanc / Semillon 2001
James Halliday Jan 25 2002 Rating: 89 out of 100
Pale straw; while not especially intense, the bouquet is complex, with a range of fruit blossom aromatics and a touch of spice, probably from the small portion barrel fermented in French oak. The palate has good flavour and structure, with positive citrussy fruit reflecting the blend of 60 per cent Sauvignon Blanc and 40 per cent Semillon; once again, there is a whisper of oak.

James Halliday