From South Australia’s McLaren Vale winemaking region comes Ox Hardy’s Slate Shiraz – and boy are they heaping on the praise.
Made by Andrew Hardy from the Blewitt Springs vineyards is this 100% Shiraz with a deep purple, almost black quality to the colour. The aroma is bold and lively, with hints of spice and floral.
The palate features an intense blackberry, raspberry and rich dark liquorice. It is medium-bodied with grippy, powdery tannins that move through to a long, smooth finish.
“Only 80 dozen made. Rare and yes, something special is going on here. It’s dark, purple to black. There’s a faint ferruginous, iron filing thing that is like a foundation underneath an earthy spice note to start. Fruit ripeness is delightfully controlled encouraging darker berry and anise senses. Then there’s the palate feel – medium to just fuller bodied and a seamless, chalky tannin that never blocks the limitless, dark shiraz flavour flow. Fully engaging wine.
98 – James Halliday, The Wine Companion
“… Deep crimson-purple; a full-bodied shiraz that shows no inclination to pull its considerable punches. It goes without saying tannins are in the mix, but it’s the black fruits, licorice, spice, bitter chocolate flavours framed by quality oak that do the heavy lifting. The most remarkable quality is the way it leaves the mouth fresh.”