Hardy’s Media Lunch with James Halliday at Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur

When HARDYS Takes A Halliday!
The Wine Icon Presents Hardys’ Iconic Wines

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JAMES HALLIDAY

Recently the respected Australian wine writer, winemaker and senior wine competition judge, James Halliday, was exclusively in Kuala Lumpur to meet the media, trade people and the public in a rare but welcomed tasting and review of three Hardys iconic premium wines and I was there too. I was speechless to have meet him.

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Themed “The Wine Icon Meets The Iconic Wines”, James Halliday, AM and Hardys wines hosted an exclusive luncheon for media guests at Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur.

The media had the opportunity to taste the three iconic wines paired with a three-course lunch prepared by Ricky Thein, Executive Chinese Chef of the award-winning Chinese restaurant, Lai Po Heen. The three iconic HARDYS wines are 2008 Eileen Hardy Chardonnay (97 points, Australia in Companion 2011), 2004 Eileen Hardy Shiraz (96 points, Australia Wine Companion 2008) and 2006 Thomas Hardy Cabernet Sauvignon (95 points, Australia Wine Companion 2011).

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James also provided the media in-depth insight on Australian wine trends, popular Australian wine regions and varietals and how he rates the wines featured in his Australian Wine Companion books.

Besides a personal review of the 3 Hardys iconic wines, James’ visit here is to showcase Hardys and other brands under Accolade Wines. Accolade Wines is Australia’s largest winemaker and owner of some of the world’s most renowned and favourite wine brands – including HARDYS wines – which all obtained high ratings from James.

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Thomas Hardy Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

Some of these reputable Accolade Wines showcased in a Wine Masterclass in a tasting of 5 highly-rated Cabernet Sauvignon range exclusively organised for the trade people were:
2010 Chateau Reynella Cabernet Sauvignon (96 points)
2008 Tintara McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon (92 points)
2008 Houghton Jack Mann Cabernet Sauvignon (98 points)
2005 Leasingham Classic Clare Cabernet Sauvignon (95 points)
2006 Thomas Hardy Cabernet Sauvignon (95 points)

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Eileen Hardy Chardonnay 2008

The public also had a golden opportunity to wine and dine with the wine guru accompanied with a 6-course dinner prepared by Thein. The wines were:
NV Arras Brut Elite Sparkling (95 points)
2012 Hardys Oomoo Sauvignon Blanc
2009 Leasingham Bin 7 Riesling (94 points)
2009 Hardys HRB Shiraz (96 points)
2008 Houghton Gladstone Cabernet Sauvignon (97 points)
2004 Eileen Hardy Shiraz (97 points)
1996 Hardys Vintage Port (92 points)

Accolade Wines overall score remained at five red star. HARDYs brand, has its winery rated 5 red star for 6 consecutive years.

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Eileen Hardy Chardonnay 2008

“I am delighted to be here in Kuala Lumpur to personally share my thoughts on these three wines from Hardys – the most powerful Australian wine brand[2]. Hardys has a diverse portfolio of exceptional quality across styles, regions and prices, taking the best of old world and new world techniques and applying these to cutting edge viticulture,” said James.

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Cantonese Delight – Deep Fried Money Bag, Chilled Australian Abalone with Spices from the Hunan Province, Peking Duck Crepe Hoi Sin Sauce, Steamed Hokkaido ScallopBlack Diamon Sauce

James has a career that spans over 40 years and is the unchallenged doyen of Australia’s wine writers and critics. Todate, he has contributed to more than 65 books on wine and in addition to his annually published Wine Companion is the author of James Halliday’s Wine Atlas of Australia and The Australian Wine Encyclopaedia.

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JAMES HALLIDAY

James Halliday, AM has been judging and tasting wines since 1977. He uses a 100-point wine-scoring system in order to clearly define and recommend wines. Under James’ point system: 94-100 = Outstanding and 90-93 = Highly Recommended. James has had the opportunity to taste and rate the HRB range, which received at least 90 points. The HRB Riesling 2010 & 2011 rated 95 points and the HRB Shiraz 2009 rated 96 points.

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Eileen Hardy Chardonnay 2008 was really delicious to taste. Chilled at the right temperature and has a mild crisp in taste. Definitely a smooth white to paired up with the spread of Cantonese Delights and I was in total delighted.

Tasting Notes
Wine Style Sweet 1 2 3 4 5 Dry
Light 1 2 3 4 5 Full bodied

Colour
Medium to deep straw with tinges of green.

Bouquet
Fresh toasty oak, light spicy char and gun flint complexity sit in harmonious balance with light citrus lemon and grapefruit characters.

Palate
Nuances of sweet lemon and a touch of grapefruit bitterness are balanced by a creamy cashew, vanillin malt complexity. An exceptional structure is aided bycrisp mineral acidity with a fine, long and persistentfinish.

Food
Cool water oysters and fish.

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Thomas Hardy Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

Thomas Hardy Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 was exciting bottle , brilliant and I was caught with excitement. I basically wants it to be at my home to accompany me on every meal I indulge. Smooth, silky spiced and fruity. The Cabernet Sauvignon by itself was absolutely fabulous as for the pairing with the Prawn Nasi Goreng, it was a total upset as the fried rice was not up to its standard. The cooked rice used was wet and sadly it was not good in taste.

Tasting Notes
Wine Style Sweet 1 2 3 4 5 Dry
Light 1 2 3 4 5 Full bodied

Colour
Medium red

Bouquet
An elegant and refined style of Cabernet Sauvignon showing a complex amalgam of dark fruits, particularly cassis, with chocolate, mint, leaf, tobacco and sweet spice and cedary oak.

Palate
A mirror image of the bouquet with the hallmarks of chocolate and mint from the Coonawarra region balanced by the cassis and leafy characters of the Adelaide Hills. This wine shows great length of flavour, sweet fruit, finely honed tannins and a complex oak background.

Food
Slow roasted salt bush lamb.

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Entree – Prawn Nasi Goreng with local spice scented

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Eillen Hardy Shiraz 2004

Eileen Hardy Shiraz 2004 was thrilling to me and yet exciting. Definitely the wine I would love to have them stored at my home comfort. It was so suiting to drink at comfort. As for the pairing with the lamb, it was just perfect, it was total an extravagant for me. Enjoyed !

Tasting Notes
Wine Style
Sweet 1 2 3 4 5 Dry
Light 1 2 3 4 5 Full bodied
Colour
Vivid garnet with deep purple edges.

Bouquet
Highly complex aromas of allspice, chocolate, olive, fresh blueberry & persimmon flesh complemented by underlying spicy French oak & savoury, smoky notes.

Palate
Layers of dark chocolate, stewed rhubarb, plum & ripe blueberry sit in harmonious balance with subtle French oak & fine silky tannins.

Food
Roasted duck breast with steamed bok choy. Asparagus, pumpkin & coriander leaf ravioli with a plum & star anise reduction

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Josper Grilled Lamb Cutlet, Thymes Jus, Classic Ratatouville Parmesan Potatoes

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JAMES HALLIDAY with Sidney Kan

It was am awesome translation and having James Halliday just next to me makes my drinking more enjoyable . . . . . excellent Sidney Kan

2 Comments

  • October 22, 2013 - 4:03 pm | Permalink

    Alamak… kambing itu look awesome
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  • October 23, 2013 - 12:11 am | Permalink

    High quality wines with glorious food, what an interesting event :)
    Ken´s last blog post ..Okomen Japanese Restaurant @ Queensbay Mall, Penang.

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