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Andrew Hardy Little Ox Shiraz 2006

Syrah/Shiraz from McLaren Vale, Australia
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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

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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.
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Andrew Hardy, , Australia
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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 little to go around. However, the 2007 release of a new wine called “Little Ox” is cause for great excitement - cuttings were taken from the original block and planted on a reconditioned hillside on the same property. The result – textbook Shiraz with a pedigree like no other at a fabulous price.

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The Napa Valley and Cabernet Sauvignon are so intrinsically linked that it is difficult to discuss one without thinking of the other. Although Cabernet has many important outposts throughout the wine world, nowhere else has it achieved such success (and, at the highest end, commanded such lofty prices) than in Napa. Here, it is responsible for bold, opulent, and dark-fruited wines with grippy tannins and a healthy dose of alcohol. The best examples can age for decades. Each of Napa’s smaller sub-AVAs imparts a different character to Cabernet, such as Rutherford’s famous dust or Stags Leap District's tart cherry flavors.

TGILITTLEOX_2006 Item# 96592

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