The Ox Hardy is a beautiful red fruit colour, you could be forgiven for thinking that what is in the glass is a grenache or maybe a very cool climate Shiraz.
The aromas coming from the glass are rich and opulent, black fruits dominate. Black cherries, cassis, blackberries, bramble and mulberry. A slightly iodine note comes through but this is McLaren Vale so not surprising. A really noticeably fragrant wine, the last time I smelled something this fragrant I was inhaling some Rockford Basket Press.
The palate was Faark! So rich and smooth, tannins are slightly chalky and obvious but very fine...it is food wine, one mouthful and the tannins disappear. More blackfruit appears on the palate, plums, cherries and blackberries.
My impression? Wow what a wine, from start to finish this is rich opulent elegance that will definitely reward cellaring.