Andrew Hardy The Ox 2004

Syrah/Shiraz from McLaren Vale, Australia

Price: $129.00
Item No. 110048
  • RP97
  • ST93
  • WS90
Style: Big & Bold

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Alcohol By Volume: 14.0%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2003
  • RP99

Winemaker's Notes

A big, ripe fruit spicy McLaren Vale Shiraz. Ripe, dark cherry on nose, with a hint of chocolate and mocha. Palate full, rich, with just a hint of oak. Lovely soft ripe tannin complements the fruit driven finish. A soft, but weighty traditional McLaren Vale Shiraz.

Critical Acclaim

"Only one barrel was made of the purple/black 2004 The Ox. Sourced from a miniscule yield of 0.5 tons of fruit per acre, this brooding behemoth offers a superb bouquet of mineral/earth notes, pepper, blueberry, and blackberry liqueur. Loaded on the palate, it is intensely flavored, has great depth and grip, and a 60-second finish. Remarkably, it can be enjoyed now but will still be providing pleasure 15-20 years from now."
97 Points

"Inky ruby. Deep, smoky red and dark berries on the nose and palate, with an exotic undertone of Asian spices. Lithe and precise, becoming sweeter and sappier on the back end and packing serious punch. This silky, long, palate-coating shiraz betrays no tannins or rough edges on the broad, very long finish. "
93 Points

"Rich, ripe and generous, spicy with pepper and licorice overtones to the dark berry and dried cherry flavors. Finishes with flair. Drink now through 2016."
90 Points

Learn About Andrew Hardy

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...

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Learn About McLaren Vale

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. Notable Facts In McLaren Vale, there are vines as far as the eye can see. As in other parts of...

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Learn About Syrah/Shiraz

(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...

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