was born and raised in the Barossa Valley where his family have been connected with the wine trade for many generations. - four generations of the Hackett family followed agricultural pursuits in South Australia. Simon worked at Saltramís, in the Barossa, before moving to McLaren Vale
in 1973 where he cut his teeth working at Southern Vales Cooperative Winery
(now Tatachilla) eventually becoming senior wine maker. Simonís privately owned winery is situated at the entrance to McLaren Vale in Budgen road and it is here where he hand crafts his wines in small open top fermenters and gently nurtures them in a combination of French and Oak barriques. Much of his fruit is sourced from dry grown vineyards with ancient, gnarled vines. Yields are very small and his entire annual production rarely exceeds 10,000 cases. Today Hackett sources grapes from the McLaren Vale, Barossa Valley and Adelaide Hills regions of South Australia. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
, aged 24 months in new French barrels.
Simon Hackett Foggo Road Limited Release Cabernet Sauvignon is a thrilling, dense red with almost opaque purple edges. Very big, complex, rich nose. Not for the faint hearted. Concentrated essence of blackberry and cassis. Layers of fruit inciting, sweet, toasty oak. The palate has a big entry. Full, rich, ripe berry fruit, filling all corners of the mouth. Blockbuster Cabernet characters barely cordoned by tight-grained oak. Strawberry yogurt and hazelnut show on authoritative finish. All round a very complex, tightly structured wine with great potential for maturation, although very drinkable now.
Food & Wine match:
Serve with rich red meats, game, casseroles and stews in particular, beef or pheasant dishes. Also good with mature hard cheeses and stilton.