Reserve  |  2008 HJ Reserve Shiraz

Nicks Wine Merchants, 98/100

Outstanding concentration and power with generous mouthfilling flavours and an opulently textured palate - Superb stuff.The Oliver family continue to sell around 85% of their production for inclusion into wines like Eileen Hardy Shiraz ($90+), Penfold's St. Henri ($80), Bin 389 ($50) and Penfold's Grange ($599+). With the balance, the family have been producing miniscule amounts of unpretentiously packaged red. This is their flagship wine from vines planted in 1948. The wine is matured in 100% all new French oak from a variety of different coopers for a period of just under two years. Total production is miniscule at around 600 dozen. Totally opaque black dark red colour with very deep dark red black hue. The nose displays perfumed aromas of blackberry, dark plum, confectionary, dark chocolate and spice. The palate delivers outstanding concentration and power with generous mouthfilling flavours of ripe blackberry, dark plum, chocolate, liquorice and spice all seamlessly interwoven in an opulently textured palate. Exceptional power and depth. Velvet smooth tannin structure with exceptionally long aftertaste of dark chocolate, blackberry, dark plum and confectionary. Superb stuff.
Cellar 5-6 years (2015-2016)

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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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