Ox Hardy, McLaren Vale
"I suspect this country has not seen a new release of such pedigree, such depth of history and such sheer and effortless magnificence since the very launch of Hill of Grace itself in 1958.” Tyson Stelzer
We are incredibly proud to announce a special new partnership with Ox Hardy and to introduce the range to the UK for the first time.
This McLaren Vale estate has become revered for its small-production Shiraz. They are deeply impressive wines, and as leading wine critic Matthew Jukes says, “No self-respecting wine collector can declare their cellar complete without a few cases of these wines in their racks”.
Ox Hardy is the personal passion project of winemaker Andrew ‘Ox’ Hardy, formerly chief winemaker at the cult estate Petaluma in the Adelaide Hills. Twenty years ago, he began making tiny amounts of wine for the family to drink from cherished old vines, some first planted in the 1800s by his great great grandfather Thomas Hardy.
Since its first commercial release in 2019, Ox Hardy has already left an indelible mark on the Australian wine scene and we are delighted to bring these hugely exciting wines to the UK.
- Ox Hardy
- McLaren Vale, Australia
- 2021 - 2025
- Case size
- Available Now
Goedhuis, October 2021
This elegant McLaren Vale Shiraz comes from younger vines in the Blewitt Springs sub region, where the elevation has a cooling influence. It imparts a signature finesse and freshness, and a few years of bottle age has honed the 2016 into a chiselled, complex, and deeply aromatic wine. The deep berry flavours are laced with spice, rosemary, and wild lavender, all excellently framed by a refreshing backbone of acidity and silken tannins. The finish is savoury, long and peppered with spice. An incredibly elegant Shiraz at an immensely good price.
Matthew Jukes, December 2020,
The most important soldier in the Ox Hardy brigade is this extraordinary Shiraz from the Upper Tintara Vineyard. Made from younger vine plantings of Shiraz and benefitting from rather powerful vintage conditions, this is a thrilling UTVS with a spicy, edgy attitude, hints of liquorice root and an inky colour which stains the glass with its intentions. There is a lifted nose and a crunchy, dynamic finish here making this a nail-biting ride. The meaty core is fruit-driven, dark, and commanding and all of these elements combine to make this the most classic example of UTVS to date. The Ox Hardy flair is evident in every sip because alongside the heroic McLaren Vale hallmarks there is polish, control and innate balance. Drink now – 2025
Matthew Jukes, December 2020,
I was very fortunate to taste the only bottle of this vintage in the country and I understand that it is not yet released in Australia, so this is somewhat of a scoop. Given I only had a tasting sample-sized glass with which to make my notes so this is a somewhat cramped review, but I can tell you that this is yet another stellar interpretation of the vines which Thomas Hardy planted back in 1891. So deep, so closed and yet so refreshing, the power-to-weight ratio here is mind-blowing and the monastic control on the palate confounds any form of devotion I have ever heard of. By far the most introverted and centred AVS to date, at eight years old, this wine is refusing to budge, but there is so much potential here it is staggering. We are witnessing the birth of a vinous superstar, and with 2008 and 2010 in the back catalogue, and knowing just how serious the great 2012s are from other wineries in South Australia, I can safely say that I expect this wine to unfurl over the next two or three years into one of the finest Shiraz/Syrahs on the planet. As far as experiences go, my sip and a half took me on an even more fascinating journey than the near-perfect 2010 but, of course, I didn’t reach the destination. Nevertheless, I was overwhelmed with just how expressive and also how distinguished this wine felt on my palate and so it would be remiss of me to give it anything less than a perfect score. Drink 2024 – 2045
Matthew Jukes, December 2020,
By contrast to the ‘happy grandpa’ which is the harmonious and gregarious 2008 vintage of this wine, the 2010 is a very different creature. Upright and yet ever so slightly gnarled, this is a grand wine which still retains vigour and verve. While 2008 might be relaxing on the verandah in its slippers, regaling us with lovely old reminiscences, 2010 is charging around in a droptop with his salt and pepper bouffant fluttering in the breeze. This is a seriously exciting wine with undoubted class and reverence, but there is energy and dynamism here which hints at a much younger creation. Drinking now, but able to hold for a further two decades, there is unbelievable scale and phenomenal depth here balanced perfectly with and exquisite detail, poise and élan. I have tasted this wine on two occasions and each time the aftertaste has lasted all day on my senses. It is one of the most remarkable wines of 2020. Drink now – 2040
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