Region: Adelaide Hills, SA
Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon, Tannat
First Glance: Bold fruit, bright acidity, herbal, pleasant grippy tannin
Acclaim: 95 points
Best New Winery Of The Year - James Halliday, Wine Companion Awards 2022
Living Roots is the joining of forces between Sebastian Hardy, great-great-great grandson of national icon Thomas Hardy, and New York-born Colleen. The young couple met at Hardy’s Tintara when Colleen worked as cellar hand during vintage in 2014, and in 2016 they started their own vinous joint venture. Uniquely, the two make wines both from South Australia and from the Finger Lakes district in New York state, with small winery operations and tasting rooms set up in Adelaide Hills and Rochester NY, respectively. The overall style is free-spirited and innovative, but always incredibly well-made, and the range constantly evolves with rolling vintages and fruit sources.
Cabernet Sauvignon from Seb’s Uncle Bill’s block and Tannat from his dad Geoff’s K1 vineyard. We destemmed and crushed the Cab for extraction, while the Tannat had gentle handling and full carbonic maceration to push the bright fruit spectrum and soft tannins. The wine was aged in a two-year-old puncheon, plus some older barrels. Dark cherry and black currant characters are balanced with hints of green peppercorn and dried herb.
95 Points, Mike Bennie, The Wine Front
Tannat from K1 Vineyard finds its way into this cabernet sauvignon.
A bit of a wow wine here. Big and bold, fuller flavoured, concentration and power on hand, yet, amongst that, freshness, brightness, herbal lift and a littering of spice, amaro, dried citrus and savoury-earthiness. Amazing Italianate tannin profile, outstanding length, succulence and vibrancy. Killer wine.