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Ox Hardy Slate Shiraz - McLaren Vale

Ox Hardy Slate Shiraz 2019 - McLaren Vale

Vintage: 2019 | Type: Reds | Producer: Ox Hardy
Region: South Australia
Alc: 14.0%
Closure: Screw cap
Bottle size: 750ml

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$69.30: as part of any six
$77.00: single bottle

Maximum buy quantity no greater than 12 bottles.

Clear, bright, light crimson purple. Crisp and lively florals, roses and lavender. Red berries, a touch of cinnamon and strawberry, with a hint of spicy stalk. Juicy, opulent red fruits and a lovely warming spice. Sweet, bright cherries compliment soft, abundant chalky tannins. Great length of flavour.


2.3 tonnes of fruit from the Moreton Bay block was destemmed, crushed and chilled into a picking bin before being emptied with bucket and shovel into an open slate fermenter at the original Tintara winery. The winery was built by a consortium of wealthy Adelaide businessmen led by the legendary Dr A.C. Kelly in 1863, the slate mined at nearby Delabole quarry in the Willunga Hills. These fermenters were last used in 1927. The cold must was inoculated with a chosen yeast strain, Melody as well as a mixture of wild yeast strains, and the open ferment was hand plunged three times a day. Fermentation lasted 9 days after which the wine was pumped out and the skins dug out with bucket and shovel. The skins were then pressed in a basket press straight to older French oak barriques for 18 months maturation before bottling on November 11th 2020.

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Our notes


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Shiraz from the Upper Tintara Vineyard as made by Andrew ‘Ox’ Hardy.

This steps things up a bit. It’s the extra length that does it. It’s a ripe, semi-rustic turn at shiraz, with bitumen and plum flavours doing most of the lifting, but the finish reaches so very far and beyond that, by the end of it all, you’ve noticed the extra dimensions added by various florals and dry, rusty spice notes. It’s a wine of layers and length. It’s top notch.

Campbell Mattinson

Producers notes

This all started as a hobby around the turn of the century, with Andrew and his father Bob making tiny amounts of Shiraz from the old block for the family to drink. In the early 2000’s Andrew was briefly enticed to make an allocation for the US, but this was stymied by the GFC and his employment obligations. Despite this, from 2008 he persisted in making small amounts of 1891 Ancestor Vine Shiraz each vintage, which was ‘a bit like ripping up $100 bills in the shower’.

He invested even further from 2014, making the Upper Tintara Vineyard Shiraz, from millennium plantings on the family vineyard. Today, this vertical line-up of Shiraz, that he has accumulated each year, is a stunning showcase of the quality of the Upper Tintara Vineyard, the precious nature of the 1891 Ancestor Vines and Andrew’s abundant winemaking talents.


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