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 10 months in 2nd fill American oak barrels.
Simon Hackett Hills View Cabernet Sauvignon is medium intense purple / red with and pink edges. Top note is lifted confectionary sweetness with fresh cherry, ripening strawberry with cassis backing. The palate is smooth with rich, clean young berries and good balance throughout. Soft, accessible tannins lightly dust the sweet, ripe blackberry dominated mid-palate. Some dense oak shows comfortably towards back palate.
Food & Wine match:
Serve with rich red meats, game, casseroles and stews. Also good with pork dishes.