Ox Hardy Slate Ferment Shiraz is deep purple in hue with rich dark notes bracketed by hints of spice and florals. Intense blackberry, raspberry and rich dark liquorice engulf the palate. Medium-bodied with grippy, powdery tannins that move through to a long, smooth finish. Although rich, it isn't as heavy as some McLaren Vale examples and the prefect foil for gamey dishes.
Ox Hardy Slate Ferment Shiraz 2018
A regal Shiraz crafted in the original Old Slate Hardy’s Vats.
98 Points – James Halliday
Grape Variety – Shiraz
Region – McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
Vintage – 2018
Winery – Ox Hardy
Profile – Black berry, dark liquorice, medium bodied, grippy, 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 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 Slate Ferment Shiraz exemplifies the family heritage and the quality of the vineyards they have created.
Accolades & Awards
98 points – Wine Companion – James Halliday
94 points – Wine Front Campbell Mattinson;
19+/20 – Matthew Dukes (international wine writer)
“One of the legendary stories of Australian wine history has just been reborn. I suspect this country has not seen a new release of such pedigree, such depth of history and such sheer and effortless magnificence since the very launch of Hill of Grace itself in 1958.”
Tyson Stelzer, May 2019