Reserve  |  2002 HJ Reserve Shiraz

HUON HOOKE, Sydney Morning Herald, 6-3-2007

Corrina Rayment came to Sydney to collect her trophy for the 2002 Oliver's Taranga HJ Reserve Shiraz, which won the Theo and Helen Karedis Trophy for the best red wine in aged vintage classes. Rayment is a sixth-generation member of the owners, the Oliver family, but the first to be a winemaker. The family settled on their land at McLaren Vale in 1839. The vines aren't that old, but the red grapes grown on the best bits of Oliver vineyard have long been in demand from other wineries. Indeed, Rayment says the block that produced her trophy winner also produced grapes that went into the 2002 Penfolds Grange and 2002 Eileen Hardy Shiraz. Not a bad recommendation. The Taranga Shiraz ($42) was my most enjoyed red wine with food at the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW trophy presentation dinner. The Taranga, at nearly five years of age, was a sheer delight....

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Closure

Cork

Grape Variety

100% Shiraz

Growing Region

100% McLaren Vale

Colour

Deep, dark maroon.

Aroma

Lifted dark chocolates & rich spice, an intense nose with layers of complexity.

Palate

Huge weight, mouth filling dark fruit flavours combined with rich, sweet oak influence. Long, supple tannins and an extraordinary persistence in the mouth.

Cellaring Potential

10+ Years

Maturation

100% new French oak

Alcohol%/Vol

14.5%

Winemaker

Corrina Rayment, 6th Generation family member

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