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
Ox Hardy is the personal passion project of winemaker Andrew ‘Ox’ Hardy, formerly chief winemaker at 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. 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”. Goedhuis CEO Tom Stopford Sackville first met Andrew Hardy, while harvesting the 1989 vintage at Petaluma in the Adelaide Hills. Roll forward 32 years, Tom and the whole Goedhuis team are understandably excited and honoured to represent Ox Hardy as exclusive UK importer. Ox shares our enthusiasm: "I am delighted and honoured that Goedhuis Co. are importing and distributing my wines in the UK. I worked with Tom at Petaluma in 1989 when we were both young fellas. How fortuitous that 32 years later we are linked through wines that I have been making for some years from the Upper Tintara Vineyard my great-great grandfather bought in 1871. The wines are true expressions of this grand old vineyard and I feel the Goedhuis team is an ideal fit. The portfolio is tight and excellent, representing many of the worlds' great estates, and it is wonderful to be in such company. I look forward to many happy years with Goedhuis Co."
McLaren Vale's vineyards can be found in South Australia on the rolling hills stretching from southof Adelaide to south of Morphett Vale. The region produces big red wines of excellent quality from Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon mainly. These rich reds, especially the Shiraz, can often be distinguished by their dark chocolate, warm-earth character. The complex range of soils in the region also means that many other grape varieties can be seen to grow, such as old-vine Grenache, Chardonnay, Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc.