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The Little Ox is named after wine maker, owner Andrew Hardy, of Hardy family fame. Around 650 cases were made, so based on the previous review of the 2005 and the quality of this, the current 2006 release, it's quite simple, get it while you can. Dense and richly fruited, but light on its feet in relationship to its concentration, this is endowed with finer grained almost powdery tannins and is loaded up with a combination of both red and blue fruit on its medium fuller, fuller frame. Juicy, but dry, with some chewy density on the finish, this is still quite primary and evolving, but everything is in place for big reviews again. Hopefully there will be some around when the tallies come forth. The smart money will place their bets now.
"Ruby-red. Spicy red berry aromas are brightened by subtle white pepper and floral qualities. Juicy and fresh on the palate, with red berry element gaining richness with air and taking a turn to cherry. The spiciness builds through the long, energetic finish of this well-balanced shiraz."-International Wine Cellar
"The 2006 Little Ox spent 20 months in seasoned barriques before bottling without fining or filtration. It is opaque purple in color with a superb nose of mineral, cedar, blackberry, and blueberry. Rich and layered, it will evolve for several years but can be enjoyed now. It is an outstanding value."
The Wine Advocate
"Ruby-red. Spicy red berry aromas are brightened by subtle white pepper and floral qualities. Juicy and fresh on the palate, with red berry element gaining richness with air and taking a turn to cherry. The spiciness builds through the long, energetic finish of this well-balanced shiraz."
International Wine Cellar
With grapes grown by the winemaker"s father, Robert G. Hardy, son Andrew takes special care to produce wine that is rich and bold for a classic old vine Australian Shiraz. These vines date back to 1891 and can be found on the upper Tintara vineyard in McLaren Vale. Made by winemaker Andrew Ox Hardy, these are exceptionally limited and carefully crafted wines. Alas, there"s precious...Read More About Andrew Hardy
McLaren Vale is home to the oldest Australian vineyard, with grapes planted in 1838. It's a coastal area, the Indian Ocean bordering the west, which leads to a cooling factor that prevents the grapes from getting too hot. In all, the climate is a perfect one for the vines.
In McLaren Vale, there are vines as far as the eye can see. As in other parts of...Read More About McLaren Vale
(seh-RAH/shee-RAHZ) It's a Smokin' Grape Syrah and Shiraz - same grape, different name. It's a popular and adept variety, growing in multiple regions and creating many different styles of wine. The home base of Syrah is the Northern Rhone, where it creates the exclusive wines of Hermitage and Cote Rotie. On the less pricy side, the Rhone makes Syrah-based wines in Crozes...Read More About Syrah/Shiraz
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