Reserve  |  2006 HJ Reserve Shiraz

Philip White, June 2010, 93++ points

One sniff of this explains why Penfolds are such enthusiastic buyers of Oliver fruit: this could be prime Barossa. In fact, it's difficult to explain how it could be seen to be truly different from a Shiraz grown in the north of the Barossa, in The Moppa. It has the same intense chocolatey sweetness, perhaps contributed to by some smoky caramelised oak. If anything, the wine might be smoother and softer than most Barossans, a factor I tend to relate to the higher marine humidity of McLaren Vale. Perhaps if the wines from both places were picked a degree or two lower in alcohol/sugar they would show greater refection of both terroirs. In the meantime, slippers on, slump back, and surrender to this silk-then-velvet syrup. A block of chilli chocolate would do it perfectly. Or orange peel chocolate.

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Closure

Cork

Grape Variety

100% Shiraz

Growing Region

McLaren Vale - Estate grown

Colour

Deep, dark maroon

Aroma

Excellent spicy lift, strong mocha and dark chocolate overtones

Palate

Super intense palate, but still showing the typical HJ restraint and finesse. Again a wine to age, with fruit depth through the middle palate

Cellaring Potential

drink now to 2021

Maturation

New French oak

Alcohol%/Vol

15%

Winemaker

Corrina Wright

Date Bottled

December 2009

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