HJ Reserve Shiraz

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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Closure

Stelvin

Grape Variety

100% Shiraz

Growing Region

McLaren Vale

Colour

Dark Maroon

Aroma

Sweet plummy fruits, spicy oak input and violet florals

Palate

Dark chocolate, sweet spices, slight char and blackberry characters meld beautifully with the layers of fine grained tannins

Cellaring Potential

10+ years

Maturation

50% new French Oak, 30 months in barrel

Alcohol%/Vol

14%

Winemaker

Corrina Wright

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