Ox Hardy Grenache 2020
- Rich, full-bodied
- McLaren Vale
We likely needn’t tell you about Andrew ‘Ox’ Hardy’s family lineage, but it’s hard not to acknowledge that his great-great grandfather, Thomas Hardy, is known as the ‘Father of the South Australian Wine Industry’. There’s years of wisdom in Andrew’s blood, and while you might be quick to assume his style follows in years of tradition, his wines instead speak of modernity and innovation.
The 2020 Grenache takes attention to detail to the next level. The fruit was selected from three vineyards in Blewitt Springs and McLaren Flat, and vinified separately to emphasise the natural beauty of each parcel. There’s some whole bunch enhancing herbacious, bright aromatics. There was plunging and punching down to impart all the rich body and tannins. Then there was blending, and then barrel ageing, and blending again. That’s all to say, there was no ‘good enough’ here. Abundantly floral, with fresh red cherry and raspberry lending vibrancy against the savoury notes that follow. Cinammon, tomato leaf and stalky tannins provide that ‘mmm’ factor. This is legacy in a glass.
“A fresh and spicy grenache with some gentle, whole-bunch influence, as well as blue and purple berries, some earth and pepper. The palate has innate depth, and finely rendered tannins carry raspberries and red plums long.”
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- McLaren Vale
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McLaren Vale is a region that lives in the shadow of the hype of the Barossa. While it has played on Shiraz as its drawcard, and continues to battle (quite rightly) with the supreme power of the Barossa, perhaps the most exciting wines from this region are its old vine Grenache and Mataro (Mourvedre/Monastrell - whatever you want to call it), and its more recent foray into Spanish and Italian varietals. Both the sun's warmth and the reliable salty afternoon gully breeze make the climate closer to Mediterranean than many other Aussie regions, and some of the Fiano, Vermentino, Tempranillo and Sangiovese from here are sublime (to name only a few). Awareness, proper consideration and sense of place are key attributes to the region's success, and its recent win against urbanisation reinforces the value of the viticultural region.