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Ox Hardy Upper Tintara Shiraz

Variety: Shiraz
Region: McLaren Vale
Vintage: 2017

Sourced from millennium plantings on the Hardy family Vineyard, this wine is a contemporary style of McLaren Vale or - more specifically - Blewitt Springs Shiraz. Being more elevated and cooler than the Vale floor gives the wines from the Upper Tintara Vineyard high levels of natural acidity, great freshness, and bright lively colour. The use of second fill French oak barriques for maturation further enhances the primary fruit flavours and allows the characteristics of the vineyard and location to shine through. Made with a minimal intervention wine making philosophy, this wine is not only a classic example of modern McLaren Vale Shiraz but also a great reflection of the sub-region where it’s grown. Deep inky ruby in colour. Generous and elegant; bright notes of blackberry and dark plum. Good backbone of acid before a savoury finish showing hints of black pepper and dark chocolate. Drying tannins.  

Awards:

Nick Stock : 92 points
Bright red berries with freshly dug earth and flowers. The oak is gently played. The palate has a
succulent, fresh and quite crunchy delivery of red-berry flavors and a smooth-honed finish. Drink
now. Screw cap.

Ray Jordan : 92 points
The fruit is sourced from the Upper Tintara subregion within McLaren Vale. Has a distinctly more
earthy dark chocolate character that adds a deep complexity into the wine. There are firm tannins
and a lick of oak to complete it. This is all older oak so it’s the fruit characters that tend to dominate.
A rich dark wine of character.

Campbell Mattinson : 93 points
100% shiraz from the Upper Tintara Vineyard in McLaren Vale. The 2016 made quite a splash and
this is very good too. It has the flesh, it has the form. It has the softness of gentle development as
well. It’s a plum-shot red wine with musk, violet, clove and iodine characters woven seamlessly
through. Graphite too or something like it, like woodsmoke. But fruit, rich-but-buoyant fruit, is the
hero here. It has quality written all over it but it’s delicious on top. Drink 2021 - 2028.

$33.00 Inc. GST

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