Reserve | 2005 HJ Reserve Shiraz
The 2005 vintage was very cool early, followed by some heat during the picking season. It was a brilliant follow-up to the stunning 2004 vintage.
From the Wine Writers:
- Lonely Grape, Aug 2009
The best barrels of the yearly shiraz offerings goes into this reserve wine. This wine does not disappoint. A spiced lift on the nose through to the silky smooth palate. Here is all the black fruits, plums, pepper mixed with the elegant tannins from fine french oak. This wine has all the finesse one should see in a reserve wine and leaving this for about 10 years would see a gem.
- Robert Parkers The Wine Advocate, Issue 181 Feb 2009, 94 points
The 2005 Shiraz H.J. Reserve, sourced from a 65-year-old vineyard yielding a meager one ton per acre, was aged in 100% new French oak. The wine is a glass-coating opaque purple color with a superb aromatic array of pain grille, leather, violets, bacon, blueberry, and blackberry. It has a bit more structure than its younger sibling and should evolve for another 3-5 years with a drinking window extending from 2012 to 2025