South for quality
Eileen Hardy Shiraz and Eileen Hardy Chardonnay date from 1970 and 1986 respectively. The wines released under the labels since then mirror Australia’s winemaking history. Eileen Hardy Shiraz 1970 reflected the red-wine boom of the time, the dominance of warm South Australian regions in this and the unquestioned status of Shiraz in McLaren Vale – home of the then family-owned Thomas Hardy and Sons. Eileen Hardy Shiraz later wandered from its origins, parallel to similar moves across the industry, only to return to its McLaren Vale roots years later, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.