Reserve  |  2008 HJ Reserve Shiraz

www.winewilleatitself.com, April 2012

2008 Oliver’s Taranga HJ Reserve Shiraz

I imagine many critics would consider this to be an ’old fashioned’ style of wine. High ABV, a fair clip of oak, full-bodied, a bit of xmas cake etc. I’m not as convinced the general public views things the same way. Me? I enjoyed this wine for what it was. What’s more, I drank two glasses and would be happy to have a bottle in the cellar. Stuff fashion, I do what I want ;)

The aromas are instantly intense. Molasses, licorice, coconut husk, bonox, black and red currant, espresso and spice (pepper and some asian spice). It’s powerful alright but it’s all very balanced. The line isn’t broken by the alcohol and there’s plenty of length. There’s some brandy soaked citrus rind but that’s as far as it gets towards spirity. Velvet mouthfeel, grainy, oaky tannin. It’s warming for sure but it’s a fantastic achievement for a difficult vintage. Very Good – Excellent

Region: McLaren Vale
Alcohol: 15.0%
Closure: Screwcap
Price: $50
Tasted: April 2012

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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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