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.
Grape Variety – Shiraz;
Region – McLaren Vale South 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 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
94 points – Campbell Mattinson