DJ Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Reserve  |  2009 DJ Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Vintage Notes:

2009 was a very low cropping vintage thanks to a heat wave during flowering. However, Cabernet Sauvignon excelled in McLaren Vale in 2009, which is why we decided to make our first under the Oliver’s Taranga label. This wine comes from the ‘Old’ Cabernet block planted in 1973.

Winemaking Notes:

For more info on the making of the 09 DJ Reserve see:


  • Inside Cuisine, Rhys Gard, March 14, 93 points

    Wine of the Week by Rhys Gard

    Wine: Oliver’s Taranga DJ Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 
    Region: McLaren Vale, Australia.
    Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
    Price: $55
    Tasted: March 2014
    93 Points.

    Some say the ol’ Cabernet Sauvignon is Shiraz’s poor cousin. Sans elegance, lots of leather, a little too much tannin. But when you try a Cabernet that’s well made, there’s no other adjective more apt than elegant.

    This is Oliver’s first release of 100% Cabernet. I’m a fan of both Corinna’s co-fermented Shiraz/Cabernet and the HJ Shiraz, although I’m now struggling to cherry pick a favourite.

    This is impressive Cabernet, and different to your usual suspects from Coonawarra and Margaret River. The nose is full of dark fruit and cedar and spice, a hint of dark chocolate cake. Vanilla, which makes sense, as this wine spent 24 months maturing in French Oak. This is a big South Aussie red wine with smooth, slightly leathery tannin and a lot of blackcurrant, dark fruit and a gorgeous plummy hue.

    Decant and pair with seared beef fillet, maybe some mushrooms, café de paris butter. Savour over the meal and remember the McLaren is so much more than simply Shiraz.

    P.S if it looks like the bottle is empty, that’s because it is. Got a little excited and forgot to snap prior to tasting. Oops!

  • Nick's Wine Merchants, June 2012, 97 points

    This is the first release of a new 100% Cabernet sourced from a block planted in 1973 by Corrina Wright's grandfather. 2009 was a very low cropping vintage thanks to a heat-wave at flowering. However, it was a year when Cabernet Sauvignon excelled in McLaren Vale hence the decision to inaugurate this wine. This is a big Cabernet, matured for 24 months in new French oak. Superb totally opaque inky black dark purple colour with deep black dark purple hue. The nose displays scents of violets, youthful ripe blackcurrant, a hint of dark chocolate, cedar and spice. Boasting excellent weight and richness the palate delivers mouthfilling flavours of ripe blackcurrant, black cherry, liquorice, a touch of tobacco, cedar and spice. Solid, slightly chewy but fine grained tannins provide excellent structure. Superb depth with long ripe blackcurrant, black cherry, cedary tobacco and spice aftertaste. Cellar 5-8 years. 

  • Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front, March 2012, 93 points

    Oliver’s Taranga Vineyards DJ Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

    Posted on 11 March 2012.

    Grown on a block of cabernet sauvignon planted in 1973. Unusual to see a varietal cabernet under the Oliver’s Taranga name.

    Strong wine. Warm flavoured. intense blackcurrant and blackberry, dried herbs and chocolate. Lots of sweet fruit impact; tannin to match. Long. A wine for a Big Red occasion. Plenty of dark-fruited substance. Rated : 93 Points
    Alcohol : 14.5%
    Price : $50
    Closure : Screwcap
    Drink : 2014 - 2019+
  • James Halliday, The Weekend Australian Magazine Nov 2011, 94 points

    Dense purple-crimson, it is at once full bodied and complex, yet avoids and suggestion of over-extraction or over-ripe grapes. Blackcurrant fruit, regional dark chocolate notes, fine dusty tannins and intergrated oak come together to provide an impressive wine. Drink to 2030

  • James Suckling, Nov 2011, 92 points

    Interesting aromas of dried herbs and currants, with hints of tar. Full bodied, with silky tannins. Coffee bean, currants and dark fruits. Intense and very stylish. Better in 2014. Screwcap.

  • Closure


    Grape Variety

    100% Cabernet Sauvignon

    Growing Region

    100% estate-grown McLaren Vale


    Rich deep burgundy


    Lifted varietal notes- mint, leaf and ripe anise.


    Powerful weight and lovely rich tannins. Loads of freshness, dark fruits, cassis and leafy spice. Long fine tannins round out the palate.

    Cellaring Potential

    10+ years


    24 months in new French oak




    Corrina Wright

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