- Ox Hardy
- McLaren Vale
- 2022 - 2040
- Case size
- Available Now
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
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.