Reserve  |  2002 HJ Reserve Shiraz

Vintage Notes:

2002 was a late vintage that was very cool and dry.

This is the third release of an Oliver's Taranga Reserve Shiraz. Selected from the best parcels of old vine Shiraz, it has been barrel selected and bottle aged for the optimum flavour enhancement.

From the Wine Writers:



  • Highly Commended – Sydney International Wine Competition
  • Blue Gold – Sydney International Wine Competition 2007
  • Gold Medal & Trophy – Sydney Royal Wine Show 2007
  • Gold Medal & Trophy – National Wine Show of Australia 2006
  • Gold Medal – Sydney Royal Wine Show 2006
  • Gold Medal – Perth Royal Wine Show 2005
  • Gold Medal – Royal Hobart International Wine Show 2005


  • JEREMY OLIVER, 14-3-2007, 97 points

    A massive but supremely elegant and tightly controlled wine, the HJ from 2002 (19.2/97, drink 2022-2032) combines dark, brooding fruit with a muscular extract that is still losing some blocky edges. Exemplary in its length and balance, it will develop for ages, if given the chance.

  • HUON HOOKE, Sydney Morning Herald, 6-3-2007

    Corrina Rayment came to Sydney to collect her trophy for the 2002 Oliver's Taranga HJ Reserve Shiraz, which won the Theo and Helen Karedis Trophy for the best red wine in aged vintage classes. Rayment is a sixth-generation member of the owners, the Oliver family, but the first to be a winemaker. The family settled on their land at McLaren Vale in 1839. The vines aren't that old, but the red grapes grown on the best bits of Oliver vineyard have long been in demand from other wineries. Indeed, Rayment says the block that produced her trophy winner also produced grapes that went into the 2002 Penfolds Grange and 2002 Eileen Hardy Shiraz. Not a bad recommendation. The Taranga Shiraz ($42) was my most enjoyed red wine with food at the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW trophy presentation dinner. The Taranga, at nearly five years of age, was a sheer delight....


    Tiny McLaren Vale winery, Oliver’s Taranga Vineyards, has again shown its winemaking and grapegrowing strength by winning the Theo & Helen Karedis Perpetual Trophy for The Best Red Wine in Aged Vintage Classes at the 2007 Macquarie Bank Sydney Royal Wine Show for their HJ Reserve Shiraz 2002. This triumph is hot on the heels of their extremely prestigious win at the 2006 Vintage Cellars National Wine Show of Australia, held in Canberra. The HJ Reserve Shiraz 2002 took out The Shiraz Trophy, a hotly contested trophy where only wines that have won a gold medal at another capital city wine show can be entered. Viticulturist, Don Oliver, credits the vineyard for the success of the wine. “This vineyard was planted in 1948 by my father HJ (Bert) Oliver. Its age and location helps it to produce consistently excellent fruit, full of depth & great tannin length each year.” Winemaker and 6th generation family member, Corrina Rayment, agrees. “The fruit from this block always has thick skins full of glorious flavour & tannin. It really is a winemaker’s dream. I use 100% new French oak and age the wine for 30 months before bottling, which adds to the complexity and depth of the wine.” “2002 was a brilliant vintage for McLaren Vale & especially for our vineyard.” Corrina says, “In fact, the fruit from the same vineyard block went into the 2002 Penfold’s Grange, 2002 Eileen Hardy Shiraz & the HJ Reserve- not bad for a year’s work!” The 2002 HJ Reserve has also previously won five gold medals & four silver medals at capital city wine shows, so is building an impressive wine show record adding these latest two trophies. Oliver’s Taranga Vineyards is a small 5th & 6th generation family run vineyard and winery in the Seaview sub-region of McLaren Vale. They are looking forward to opening their Seaview Road cellar door in June 2007 – a lovingly restored stone ‘Worker’s Cottage’ built in 1850 by their ancestors William and Elizabeth Oliver



  • PHILLIP WHITE, Adelaide Advertiser, 10-11-2006, 93 points

    As the years go by it is increasingly obvious that 2002 was an astounding year for McLaren Vale reds. And the years have certainly gone by at Oliver’s. They started in 1841: its our sixth oldest brand. Cooking chocolate, coffee beans and, dare I say, black olives simmer away in this complex, velvety soup.



  • TIM WHITE, Australian Financial Review, 26-5-2006, 94 points

    Dates and soy smelling, plus some coal- interesting, big-fruited Shiraz.Chewy, dusty in the mouth, becoming sweet and peaty, but also building fine tannins. A truly superior 2002 from South Australia.



  • James Halliday 2006 Australian Wine Companion, 94 points

    Very good colour, a restrained elegance and finesse which belies the alcohol; plum, spice and blackberry run through a long, sustained palate. 

  • Closure


    Grape Variety

    100% Shiraz

    Growing Region

    100% McLaren Vale


    Deep, dark maroon.


    Lifted dark chocolates & rich spice, an intense nose with layers of complexity.


    Huge weight, mouth filling dark fruit flavours combined with rich, sweet oak influence. Long, supple tannins and an extraordinary persistence in the mouth.

    Cellaring Potential

    10+ Years


    100% new French oak




    Corrina Rayment, 6th Generation family member

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