- Ox Hardy
- McLaren Vale
- 2022 - 2030
- Case size
- Available Now
Matthew Jukes, December 2020,
I wrote the rather baffling expression, ‘beyond minerality’, when I first tasted this wine. This was a knee jerk reaction to the elemental force contained in this fruit coupled with the unquestionable, but also the unfathomable impact that the ancient slate fermenters have on its expression. If you haven’t already, you must read the story of this magical ‘equipment’ from the long-derelict winery into which Ox has breathed life. The colour alone is absurd – it is Mordor in a glass. The earth and spice remind me of only one other wine on earth – Tempier’s Cabassaou and so I opened up a bottle of this wine, on the spot, to compare to 2018 Slate and the attitude, nobility and stance were identical. Sanguineous, vampiric, epically layered and super-fine this is a phenomenal release. While the nose and mid-palate are truly magnificent in their measured delivery, the trademark Ox finish arrives, freshening the palate and ending with ‘happy ever after’ purity and calm. As you will see by my words and also my score this is a deeply impressive wine. Drink 2022 – 2030
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.