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Ox Hardy Slate Shiraz - McLaren Vale

Ox Hardy Slate Shiraz 2018 - McLaren Vale

Vintage: 2018 | Type: Reds | Producer: Ox Hardy
Region: South Australia
Alc: 14.5%
Closure: Screw cap
Bottle size: 750ml

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$68.00: as part of any six
$77.00: single bottle

Maximum buy quantity no greater than 2 bottles.

The 2018 vintage was the first time in 95 years that wine had been produced in the ruin of Thomas Hardy’s original Upper Tintara Winery. The original open fermenters, made from immense slabs of locally quarried slate, were swept out and the joints resealed with wax in preparation for vintage.

Shiraz from the Moreton Bay block of the family’s vineyard was shovelled into the open fermenters by hand, with the open ferment hand plunged three times a day for 12 days before the wine was pumped out and the skins dug out with bucket and shovel. Following basket pressing, the small batch of wine was matured for 18 months in the finest French oak barriques before bottling and release.


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Shiraz from the Upper Tintara Vineyard as made by Andrew ‘Ox’ Hardy. Luscious shiraz. Fairly straight-forward in its flavour profile but it feels so good in the mouth, it’s so well set with tannin and it extends so well through the finish. Plum, iced coffee, saltbush and licorice flavours pour on the seduction. No question of its quality.

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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