Reserve | 2011 HJ Reserve Shiraz
Gary Walsh, The Wine Front, 93 points 3rd December 2014
Of all the regions in South Australia, I tend to think McLaren Vale fared the best in 2011. Sometimes, even, this vintage has made better and more interesting wines.
Shows a good clip of oak, and seems more than a little 'Penfoldian' in it's delivery, was my first impression. Plum, blackberry, dark chocolate and toasty oak, with a cool undertow of wet vintage mulch and spice adding complexity. Medium to full bodied, mocha and spice, with fine grained supple tannin and almost cool acidity driving it along. Blackcurrant sweetness and oyster sauce savouries, then a silky toasty finish of good length. Pretty bloody good, really.
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Sweet plummy fruits, spicy oak input and violet florals
Dark chocolate, sweet spices, slight char and blackberry characters meld beautifully with the layers of fine grained tannins
50% new French Oak, 30 months in barrel