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Ox Hardy 1891 Ancestor Vines Shiraz - McLaren Vale

Ox Hardy 1891 Ancestor Vines Shiraz 2014 - McLaren Vale

Vintage: 2014 | Type: Reds | Producer: Ox Hardy
Region: South Australia
Alc: 14.5%
Closure: Screw cap
Bottle size: 750ml

The Vintage Journal
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When Thomas Hardy purchased the Upper Tintara Vineyard in McLaren Vale in 1871, it heralded the foundation of one of Australia’s greatest winemaking dynasties. The original winery, later extended and improved by Hardy, was built by the legendary Dr A.C. Kelly in 1863, the slate mined at nearby Delabole quarry in the Willunga Hills.

WINEMAKING Upper Tintara Vineyard, 1891 Ancestor Vine Shiraz – 2014 Vintage The 2014 growing season had a wet beginning and then average winter rainfall. A very dry spring followed and we had no rain after November. Two heatwaves in January were alleviated by 40mm of rain on the 14th of February which beautifully freshened the vineyard. We hand picked about 3/4 tonne of Shiraz from the Ancestor Vines Block on March 6th. The fruit was destemmed and crushed before fermentation in a small open fermenter for 18 days with hand plunging three times per day. After fermentation was complete, the wine remained on skins for two weeks before being basket pressed and transferred to second fill French oak barriques. The Ancestor Vines Shiraz spent nearly two years in barrel before being fined, filtered and bottled in February 2016. The 2014 has been matured in bottle in perfect cellar conditions prior to release. This wine will drink beautifully upon release but will further reward careful cellaring for many years to come.

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The Vintage Journal

Medium deep crimson. Fragrant dark plum, dark red cherry, praline aromas with roasted chestnut, wood varnish notes. Generously concentrated with unfolding dark plum, dark cherry, blackberry fruits, sinuous but muscular firm tannins, lovely mid palate density and underly mocha, hint marzipan notes. Becomes more minerally at final approach, with a fine loose knit tannin plume. Excellent wine showing power and elegance. Drink now – 2036

Andrew Caillard MW

Wine Pilot

Excellent purity of vibrant fruit to be found in this 2014 McLaren Vale Shiraz, released at 9 years of age. Musky plums, licorice and new leather aromas with plenty of sweet oak in close support. A dry and firm palate follows with perfumed old vine flavours, that linger beautifully over a strong finish accented by gravelly tannins. Superbly approachable but with plenty in the tank.

Angus Hughson

Producers notes

The Upper Tintara Vineyard (established by Dr AC Kelly in 1861) was purchased by Thomas Hardy in 1871, heralding the foundation of one of Australia’s greatest winemaking dynasties. Still owned by the Hardy family, the property is home of the original Hardy’s Upper Tintara Winery (now a ruin), and approximately 45 hectares of precious vines dating back to 1891. Andrew "Ox" Hardy is one of Australia's most respected winemakers and is known for his elegant winemaking style, engaging manner and penchant for pink shirts. His winemaking philosophy would be described as minimalist, allowing the quality of the vineyard and fruit to do the talking.

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