Ox Hardy Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2023

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Region: Adelaide Hills, SA
Grape: Chardonnay
First Glance: Light and bright cool climate Chardonnay

Andrew 'Ox' Hardy is not just out of one of the most pedigreed and respected winemaking families in this country, he also has an enormous bag of experience to draw from when crafting these eponymous wines out of his personal SA wine project, based in the Blewitt Springs sub-region of McLaren Vale.
Having spent half a life time making region-expressive wines throughout Southern Australia, most notably spending 14 years as head winemaker for Petaluma in Adelaide Hills, Andrew also had stints in California, Oregon and Bordeaux along the way.
The new Ox Hardy wines are centered around the flag ship Upper Tintara vineyard in Blewitt Springs, McLaren Vale. The range features a number of varieties from the site, and also a neat cooler expression Adelaide Hills Chardonnay - as an homage to a region that has been so central to Andrew's career.

From two selected vineyard plots in the Adelaide Hills region, this is a true cool climate expression through and through. Fermented and aged in neutral French oak barrels and part in stainless steel, to preserve the freshness, and not interfere with the purity of fruit. Full malolactic completed, and bottled at 12.5% ABV, this is as bright and refreshing as can be.

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On the nose this displays alluring and convivial white stone fruits, jasmine blossom, bright lemon and a hint of lime zest. Lively on the palate with crackling lime juice acidity and a lighter body. It is made in an undemanding and highly drinkable style, but there is plenty of energy and jump in there to keep interest. A great example of the cooler side of Adelaide Hills Chardonnay.