Warm spiced bread, blackcurrants, tarry, savory notes, black cherries and redder-toned plums and berries abound. This is a well of rich fruit. The palate has a soulful feel, winding out layers and layers of smooth, fine and dense tannin in effortless style. Builds and builds with a smooth ascent into a very long, dark plum-flavored finish. From a small plot of vines planted in 1891, this is a piece of vinous treasure.
Ox Hardy 1891 Ancestor Vine Shiraz 2008
A well of rich fruit from old vines planted in 1891.
Grape Variety – Shiraz;
Region – McLaren Vale South Australia;
Vintage – 2008;
Winery – Ox Hardy;
Profile – Black cherry, full bodied, spiced, layered
Ox Hardy range of wines represent a rare and precious combination of people, vineyard, history and winemaking provenance.
Andrew ‘Ox’ Hardy is one of Australia’s most respected winemakers and his family’s Upper Tintara Vineyard is one of Australia’s most important viticultural assets. A fifth generation winemaker, Andrew is the great-great grandson of Thomas Hardy, the ‘Father of the South Australian Wine Industry’.The Vineyard’s last remaining 2.54ha block of 1891 Ancestor Vines, planted by Thomas Hardy himself, are some of Australia’s oldest and most valuable. The combination of the two has now lead to the release of wines already steeped in history. It is Andrew’s library of wines made from the family’s vineyard over the past two decades, but cellared and hidden from the public until the first release in 2019, that now demonstrates the quality and age-worthiness of these special releases.
Accolades & Awards
98 points – James Suckling;
97 points – James Halliday