- Ox Hardy
- McLaren Vale
- 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
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.