The Bandy is back baby! Only the second ever release of this very special Aussie red from a Five Star James Halliday winery, Three Dark Horses. Also listed as one of Halliday’s ten “Dark Horse” wineries to keep an eye on for 2019. And you know what they say, never underestimate a dark horse.
In its debut 2016 release we called this one of the best value Aussie reds you’d lay your mits on all year. It won Trophy & Gold at the NZ Int’l Wine Show as proof of that.
The 2018 is here and boy oh boy, are you getting one seriously good Cabernet here for your money! It’s had all the bells and whistles treatment of a wine worth heaps more…
* Stunning 2018 McLaren Vale vintage – “1 in 20” says winemaker Matt
* Small batch, limited release
* Old vines up to 50 years old
* A portion of fruit hand picked
* 100% basket pressed (an expensive, labour intensive winery tool used to produce high quality fruit!)
* Aged 14 months in French & American oak (20% new)
Produced in very small quantities with the majority heading to a select few outlets in NZ – in fact the only other place you’ll find it served anywhere is the Sydney Opera House by the glass!
So how good is the wine? It’s good. Really, really good. It’s what we like to call a Cabernet for Shiraz lovers. A dark, inky colour in the glass, medium to full bodied big, rich style that’s packed full of dark berry fruit flavours with a long, luxurious finish. All this for a little over $15?!
Who are the Three Dark Horses? They are winemaker Matt Broomhead, Dad Alan and 93 year old Grandad Frank. Clearly Halliday rates these guys in picking them as part of his 2019 “Dark Horse” wineries (no pun intended!) – “I’m very confident that Matt Broomhead’s venture is destined for greater things in coming years, as its newly acquired vineyard and onsite winery.”
Don’t hesitate. This horse is ready to bolt. You will absolutely love this wine right now – but if you can resist temptation and hide some in the cellar for 5-6 years you’ll be seriously rewarded for it!