Reserve  |  2008 HJ Reserve Shiraz

Mike Bennie, The Wine Front, June 2011, 92+ points

Winefront Monthly
92+

Coming up to the 170th year for Oliver’s Taranga and I’ve been enjoying following their daily updates from their blog charting the final 170 days until their big celebration event. Oliver’s Taranga has been seeing a little extra time in the sun with recent releases, particularly excellent wines from their alternative variety parcels – Fiano, Vermentino and of course Sagrantino. HJ Reserve is a full tilt style and doesn’t shy away from its muscular intent. The wine shrieks with fancy oak aromatics; GW’s favourite nougat shimmies up to vanilla, coconut and cigar box spice then wafts of purple berries come through. The palate is full flavoured; again, oak leads, but it’s all pretty well kept and the overt desiccated qualities are matched by concentrated, slippery black berry and raspberry fruit. ‘Watch for the dip’, says the street-sign. There’s some judicious grip and a brilliantly juicy finish, so the wine carries the meat of oak and fruit well on the gritty tannin bones. A style that will readily suit many looking for some oomph and big flavour at their palate party. Though the lead singer is ripe fruit, the quality oak and sweet spice are currently the stars of the show. Tuck some away.

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Closure

1/4 Cork, 3/4 Stelvin

Grape Variety

100% Estate grown Shiraz

Growing Region

McLaren Vale

Colour

Deep, dark maroon

Aroma

Lifted oak integration, lovely cassis and cedar

Palate

A long finish,concentrated berry mocha chocolate characters

Cellaring Potential

Drink now or over the next 8 years

Maturation

French oak

Alcohol%/Vol

15%

Winemaker

Corrina Wright

Date Bottled

June 2010

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