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Ox Hardy 1891 Ancestor Vines Shiraz - McLaren Vale

Ox Hardy 1891 Ancestor Vines Shiraz 2008 - McLaren Vale

Vintage: 2008 | Type: Reds | Producer: Ox Hardy
Region: South Australia
Alc: 14.5%
Closure: Screw cap
Bottle size: 750ml

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$189.00: as part of any six
$210.00: single bottle
$567.00: per case of 3

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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. Today the picturesque property is still owned by the Hardy family, and consists of native protected scrub and approximately 45 Ha of vines. Amongst these vines is the fruit source for this wine; the last remaining 2.54Ha block of Ancestor Shiraz Vines planted by Thomas Hardy in 1891.

Approximately one tonne of fruit was hand-picked from the Ancestor Vine Block at 14.1 baumé on 26th February 2008. The fruit was then de-stemmed before fermentation in a small open vessel for ten days, with hand plunging at least three times daily. Post-ferment the wine remained on skins for fourteen days before being basket pressed then transferred to second fill French oak barriques. The Ancestor Vine Shiraz spent nearly two years maturing in these barrels before being filtered and bottled in February 2010. The wine has been matured in bottle in perfect cellaring conditions for nine years prior to its release in May 2019.

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Comes in a  stylish black wooden gift box.  An impressive gift. 


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"Oh my. What a beautiful wine. It caresses the palate with its purple and black fruits, supple tannins and freshness on the finish. It is medium-bodied, yet has the insistent power of a full-bodied wine. 14.5% alc, screwcap." - 99 Points, James Halliday

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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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