Ox Hardy Upper Tintara Shiraz 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 winemaking 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.
When Thomas Hardy purchased the Upper Tintara Vineyard in McLaren Vale in 1871, it heralded the foundation of one of Australia’s greatest winemaking dynasties. Today the picturesque property is still owned by the Hardy family, and consists of native protected scrub and approximately 45 Ha of vines, including millennium Shiraz plantings which are the fruit source of this wine.
Winemaker Andrew Hardy
Appellation Blewitt Springs, McLaren Vale
Variety Shiraz 100%
Vintage Harvested on 8th March, 2017. Sustainable viticulture practices
Colour Deep inky ruby.
Aroma Lifted black forest fruits, touch of all spice and dried herbs.
Palate 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.
Following harvest, the fruit was destemmed and crushed into Potter heading-down board fermenters. The must was inoculated with a chosen yeast strain and, once per day, the fermenting juice was drained to another tank, before being pumped back, re-floating the cap of skins, gently extracting colour, tannin and flavour.
The wine was drained off and the skins bag-pressed before the combined wine was transferred to French Oak - second fill barriques and three new hogsheads. The wine spent eighteen months maturing in oak before bottling with minimal filtration.