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Horlin-Smith Wines are seriously yummy. They source grapes from two premium regions in South Australia – McLaren Vale and Adelaide Hills. These two regions are very different viticulturally, but both produce outstanding wines of intense varietal character - from the warm rich Cabernets and Shirazes of the McLaren Vale to steely fruit driven Sauvignon Blancs and Chardonnays of the Adelaide Hills.

The Adelaide Hills has a wonderful cool climate and viticultural area ideally suited to produce fine aromatic wines. The combination of fantastic natural soil, good rains and a long cool summer help to produce a wine of great style & finesse.

The Horlin-Smith family has had a 25 year passion with the Adelaide Hills wines and now with our own range of wines Ardent Estates the passion continues.

Equally theirs is a love affair with the McLaren Vale district through the wonderful fruit purchased from the Baker Gully area. The McLaren Vale has the combination of ideal soil types and a beautiful sunny Mediterranean climate. The cooling afternoon maritime breezes from the spectacular Gulf St.Vincent and along with careful vineyard management makes for vines of low yield. These grape have intense varietal character. It is well known - wonderful fruit makes great wine - this allows for a minimalist intervention approach from our award-winning winemaking team.

It is well known: wonderful fruit makes great wine - this allows for a minimalist intervention approach from Horlin-Smith's award-winning winemaking team.


Ardent Estates White Label Range:

As the name Ardent suggests Horlin-Smith's winemakers are passionate and zealous about wines under this label. Their philosophy behind this range is to capture the best that each premium Australian wine region has to offer.

McLaren Vale Shiraz 2005 $19.00

From McLaren Vale this Shiraz is vibrant red in colour with a rich, ripe aroma of pepper, spice and clove aromas. Full bodied on the palate, this is a textured mouthful of Shiraz that offers well - rounded flavours with earth and oak flavours. The firm, mouth - filling tannins have a silky texture and will ensure longevity for those, patient enough to wait. With the benefit of twelve months bottle maturation, the 2005 Ardent Shiraz is drinking well now, but will improve with cellaring for an additional 5 years.

Ardent McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 $19.00

This is another quality wine from the McLaren Vale region.  A wonderful deep crimson colour with purple tinges showing fresh fruit aromas of cassis, mulberry and plum characters. The palate has a hint of fruitcake characters plus lifted minty like notes.  This wine has great texture with long and lingering flavours. Certainly taste the wine now; however, it will improve in the cellar year to year. Sparkling Burgundy $19.00

A very unique style of wine it reflects the excellent fruit grown in this country. Sparkling Red is an absolute favourite around Christmas with most people having a bottle in the fridge at home and away. This wine shows attractive vibrant red colours. Pleasant berry aromas and a hint of nutmeg spice gives this sparkling red plenty of character. The palate is equally as impressive, with medium fruit weight and soft tannins that finishes with complex sweet roundness.

Adelaide Hills Cabernet Franc 2004 $19.00

The cooler climate of the Adelaide Hills delivers a wine of great style and finesse. This wine is dark plum in colour and has vibrant crimson hues. It has lifted rose & violet petal aromas. It also has underlying strawberry-jam-like notes on the nose. Wonderful black cherry fruit flavours on the palate with subtle oak flavours in the mid and end palate ranges.

Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir 2007 $19.00

The cooler climate of the Adelaide Hills is well suited to this variety. The unique micro - climate of this district delivers a wine of great style & finesse. The colour is vibrant crimson and purple. When held to the light the colour produces a cascade of purples hues. The bouquet delivers sweet raspberries, strawberries and has tantalising tannins. The wine also shows subtle use of oak, which complements the fruit and gives greater weight through the middle palate.

Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2008 $19.00

This premium Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc is a perfect example of all that is wonderful about aromatic wines. This is an elegant cool climate wine with the hallmark zesty acidity and delicate gooseberry/passionfruit palate.  Such freshness of flavours gives a nice crispness on the finish.  This is a wonderfully drinkable wine for those balmy summer days and nights.

Adelaide Hills Unwooded Chardonnay 2008 $19.00

The cooler climate of the Adelaide Hills produces a simple and enjoyable Chardonnay. This wine captures the regional characters of freshness and finesse. The colour is light golden straw colour with a hint of green hue. Spicy and tropical aromas are subtle but flavoursome.


Ardent Estates Reserve Range:

The Ardent Estates reserve range is Horlin-Smith's most prized possession and each vintage they select only the greatest wines to be released under this label.

McLaren Vale Shiraz 2002 $30.00

The bouquet shows concentrated blueberries, plums and currants. These fruit notes, are enhanced by subtle notes of mint and liquorice. The palate delivers a rich, full - bodied flavour with intense blackberry and red currant. It is, complex with gamey, spicy characters and it has superb balance with ripe tannins and has a long length with a persistence of flavour. With careful cellaring the life span of this great Australian will be 15 to 20 years.

McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 $30.00

This wine's enticing bouquet has rich fruit characters of plum and mulberry. It has underlining notes of coffee and spicy cedar. The palate tells of a distinguished wine with concentrated and balance flavours that seamlessly combines rich plum, liquorice and dusty fruit of the forest flavours with sweet vanilla, cedar and mocha characters. Firm, slightly chalky tannins extend an intense lingering finish. With careful cellaring this classic Australian Cabernet Sauvignon should age gracefully over the next 20 years.


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