McLaren Vale winery the only South Australian in Wine Enthusiast's Top 100

TOP DROP: Bec Hardy pictured with the Bec Hardy 2019 Pertaringa 'Lakeside Cabernet' Sauvignon, which was the only South Australian wine on Wine Enthusiast's Top 100 Wines for 2021. Photo: Supplied.

TOP DROP: Bec Hardy pictured with the Bec Hardy 2019 Pertaringa 'Lakeside Cabernet' Sauvignon, which was the only South Australian wine on Wine Enthusiast's Top 100 Wines for 2021. Photo: Supplied.

A McLaren Vale winery has been recognised on esteemed wine magazine Wine Enthusiast's Top 100 Wines for 2021.

The Bec Hardy 2019 Pertaringa 'Lakeside' Cabernet Sauvignon was the only South Australian wine on the global list, and one of just five from around Australia.

Tasters around the world sipped 22,000 wines in 2021 to curate the list in the United States-published magazine.

The Bec Hardy Wines product was placed 53rd in the Top 100 list, receiving 92 points in judging.

It was selected as an 'Editors Choice' and reviews said the "rose-coloured South Aussie Cab delivers in a big way".

"It opens with bright, lucid aromas of red berry, baking spice, tree bark and flowers," the review stated.

"The tannins are well-integrated, soft yet present, gently tugging on the fruit, which gets a lift from the crunchy acidity.

"It's a modern, medium-weight Aussie Cab that should be a weeknight staple."

The magazine boasts a global audience of wine lovers who both contribute to and take note of the list of the most exciting finds in the market for the year.

Bec Hardy was stoked to see the family-run McLaren Vale winery recognised in such an impressive way.

"Recognition from one of the world's leading wine publications is immensely rewarding for the whole team, particularly as we're the only South Aussie wine that made the list," she said.

"We've only recently started exporting to the US so to have this acknowledgement so soon shows we're doing something right."

Recently the company shipped an order of more than 133,500 bottles of McLaren Vale shiraz, Adelaide Hills sauvignon blanc and South Australian cabernet sauvignon to the United States for national distribution throughout major retail chains.

A bulk of the bottles were the Pertaringa 'Lakeside' SA Cabernet Sauvignon.

"We're concentrating on producing wines that have a great price to quality ratio and pricing that beats the US domestic market at their own game, backed up by positive third-party reviews. We have what the big players are looking for," Bec said.

To see Wine Enthusiast's full list, visit www.winemag.com/toplists/100-best-wines-2021/