Ox Hardy Upper Tintara Vineyard Shiraz hails from the very McLaren Vale vineyard that Thomas Hardy first purchased back in 1871. The seat of one of Australia’s most celebrated winemaking dynasties, this Shiraz is a tribute to the history and a nod to the future of the Hardy clan’s immense talent.
This is deep, dark, spicy Shiraz, rich in plum and chocolate flavours. It is matured for 18 months in a mixture of new and old French oak. It is full-bodied with a long, dry and savoury finish.
"This is a ripping shiraz. It charges at you and let’s you have it, and it does so in such fine style. Maybe there are some floral notes but really it’s just drenched in dark, baked plum-like flavour, combined with asphalt and graphite, and then there’s that rich, dark chocolatey goodness too. It’s the tannin though that really lets rip. This shiraz is polished and modern and yet it doesn’t pussy-foot around. It’s been made by a Hardy in a hearty style, ha ha, but it doesn’t rest on its laurels, it goes straight for the jugular."
95 points, The Wine Front (September 2019)
"Deep colour and rich spicy, chocolate and earth aromas, with hints of cinnamon, pepper and nutmeg. Traces of soot and charcoal. It's full-bodied, lush and savoury in the mouth with abundant fine, drying tannins and very good balance. (The first vintage of a new wine, produced from 1998-99 plantings on the Hardy family's Upper Tintara vineyard)"
93 points, The Real Review (May 2019)
"While this is certainly made to appeal hedonists, its personality also suggests a deep grasp of sensitivity and finesse. Brambleberries and dark-plum and cherry liqueur are pitted against undergrowth, licorice and vanilla. Dense and intricately structured, this is an impressive red that takes off on the palate with fully fledged tannins and agile acidity. Full-bodied and long on the finish. Very well done."
94 points, jamessuckling.com (June 2019)
"Earthy, gravelly and savoury, with a musky, spicy and floral bouquet whose fragrant aromas of black, blue and red berries, dark plums and cedary oak reveal a ferrous whiff of mineral. Fullish to medium in weight, it’s intense and juicy, with sour-edged dark fruits and tight-grained polished oak extending long and lively down a crunchy, gravelly spine towards a long, persistent and drying finish. Top stuff."
94 points, Jeremy Oliver