2013-14 International Wine Challenge awards for CWM: Large Independent Merchant of the Year UK; Regional Merchant of the Year: Eastern England; Fortified Specialist Merchant of the Year UK.
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IWC Merchant of the Year 2012

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International Wine Challenge, Wine Merchant of the Year 2012 : WINNERS!

also: Large Independent Merchant of the year UK, East of England Merchant of the year, Fortified Specialist Merchants of the Year UK

Pertaringa Undercover 2013 McLaren Vale South Australia

"Undercover combines massive integrity and classic McLaren Vale bravado with tremendous value for money.  The inky black colour warns of a massive flavour impact but it is not remotely as scary as it seems.  The mulberry fruit and cinnamon-scented oak is sure to captivate your senses."
Matthew Jukes’  - Mail Weekend Magazine-


 Geoff Hardy may come from Australian wine royalty, but he’s never been one to rest on a name.  A descendant of Thomas Hardy, ‘Father of the South Australian Wine Industry’, Geoff left the eponymous family firm in 1980 with the dream of following his own wine passion, and with three award-winning wineries across South Australia to his name, Geoff hasn’t just succeed, he’s excelled.

Established in 1980, Pertaringa is set in the foothills behind McLaren Vale and takes its name, in recognition of its stunning location, from a word meaning ‘belonging to the hills’ in the local Kaurna language.  A cooler climate site blessed by breezes blowing off the picturesque St Vincent’s Gulf, Pertaringa makes wines at a quality that punches far above their price points in a quintessianally Australian setting, gum trees gently swaying outside the cellar door.


Hal first met Shane Harris, winemaker at Pertaringa, when they placed first and second, respectively, at a catapult competition in South Australia in 2013 (really).  While watching the watermelons of their competitors fall short of the splattered standards they’d set, Hal and Shane bonded, merchant to winemaker, over a shared belief in the potential for stunning Shiraz-free reds from the Adelaide area.


They met again a few days later at a McLaren Vale masterclass, where during a blind tasting Pertaringa’s Cabernet Sauvignon stood out for its great quality and price: surprisingly, it was half the cost of the other wines on the table and in many cases the superior.It was exactly what Cambridge Wine needed.  More Pertaringa wines were tried, swiftly followed by bottles from K1 and Hand Crafted.  These were beautiful wines that should be on dinner and high tables alike.  When Hal discovered that Wines by Geoff Hardy were without a UK importer, their previous agent having fallen on hard times during the recession, the catapult adventures suddenly seemed like fate, and Cambridge Wine Merchants begin shipping selected wines from all three wineries.

 Six years after starting Pertaringa, Geoff went looking for a site in the Adelaide Hills, intrigued by the potential of the then untapped area.  In 1987 he planted the plot that would come to be K1 by Geoff Hardy, a practical name it earned by being the first commercial planting of vines in the pine-covered region of Kuitpo.  Widely considered amongst Australia’s best premium wines, K1 produces single estate bottles that contain a deceptively easy sense of the Australian terroir.

As a viticulrist itching for innovation and not content with resting on the laurels of two highly respected wineries, however, Geoff began Hand Crafted by Geoff Hardy in 2004.  With an eye for top land and a passion for emerging varieties, Geoff sources premium grapes from hand-selected, sustainably-managed sites growing varietal alternatives to make beautiful, balanced wines that truly reveal, like his forefather had in his time, what the future of the South Australian wine industry may be. 


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