A UK EXCLUSIVE
We are incredibly proud to introduce the brilliant Ox Hardy range of wines to the UK. Our CEO, Tom Stopford Sackville, has known Ox for quite some time... “I am so excited that 32 years after I first met Andrew Hardy, whilst harvesting the 1989 vintage at Petaluma in the Adelaide Hills where he was chief winemaker, we now represent Ox Hardy as exclusive UK importer.”
Hailing from the Upper Tintara Vineyard in Maclaren Vale, South Australia, this is the long-awaited culmination of Aussie wine legend Andrew “Ox” Hardy’s passion project and unquestionably one of the most exciting wine launches from Australia so far this century. Starting as a hobby around the millennium, with Andrew and his father making tiny amounts of Shiraz for the family to drink, the project has grown steadily over the past two decades until the first commercial release in 2019.
Andrew “Ox” Hardy
One of Australia’s most respected winemakers, Andrew is the great-great grandson of Thomas Hardy, the ‘Father of the South Australian Wine Industry’. He has 36 years’ experience making wine in the Adelaide Hills, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and McLaren Vale working chiefly at Petaluma and has also made wine in California, Oregon and Bordeaux. His winemaking style is supremely elegant, his philosophy minimalist, allowing the quality of the vineyard and its fruit to shine through.
Upper Tintara Vineyard & Winery
In 1871 when Thomas Hardy purchased the Upper Tintara vineyard in McLaren Vale, it marked the establishment of one of Australia’s greatest winemaking dynasties. Today the picturesque 141 hectare property is still owned by the Hardy family. While the majority is native protected scrub, approximately 45 hectares remain under vines, including the Ancestor Vine Shiraz, millennium Shiraz plantings, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, among others.