Highly perfumed cherry juice, violets and a faint Chinese five spice kind of scent. Fleshy textured like a rich Pinot Noir, slurpy tannins with sweet and gingery spice. It's lively, buoyant and generous at once. There’s a feeling of luxury to it. The best way to enjoy this is with a hearty serving of Peking Duck.
Ox Hardy Grenache 2020
A highly playful and elegant Grenache packed with spice.
Grape Variety – Grenache;
Region – McLaren Vale South Australia;
Vintage – 2020;
Winery – Ox Hardy;
Profile – Blue berry, medium bodied, spiced, plush
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. His family’s Upper Tintara Vineyard from McLaren Vale 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.
Each element of the Ox Hardy range of wines are precious in their own right. The circumstances that have finally brought them together makes them a treasure of the Australian wine industry. The Ox Hardy Grenache exemplifies the family heritage and the quality of the vineyards they have created. A truly exceptional McLaren Vale Grenache which typifies South Australia wine.
Accolades & Awards
94 points – Mike Bennie WBM