ESTATE - WINE PROFILE
as featured in The Weekend Australian, 2 April 2002
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.
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.
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
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.
/ 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.