HJ Reserve Shiraz

Reserve  |  2010 HJ Reserve Shiraz

Tasting Notes:

Vintage Notes:

2010 was a spectacular year-one of the best of the decade. After a few years of heat waves and droughts, 2010 was perfect with a mild growing season, rain at all the right times and no heat shocks.

Reviews

  • James Halliday Wine Companion Sept 2014

    The estate vineyards were planted in 1948 after HJ (Bert) Oliver returned from RAAF 458 Squadron after WW11.  Is is the essence of McLaren Vale shiraz, rich, warm and generous black fruits, a ladle of dark chocolate, and ripe tannins.  It carries it's alcohol, and will coast through the next 30 years.

    James Halliday - Published on 27th July 2014

  • Jeremy Pringle, Wine Will Eat Itself, Oct 2013, 93+ points

    Made in a style some love and others love to loathe. For me, it’s a now and then
    proposition. I’m happy wines like this still exist even if my buying habits have
    drifted elsewhere.

    High grade toasty, charry vanilla oak and it’s laid on thick. Intensely sweet fruit
    will gobble it up over time. A raisin and caramel edge but boisterous fresher
    black and purple berries animate the palate. Layered with rich chocolate,
    animal hide, licorice, soy, cloves and other baking spices. A big’un for sure
    with a spirity edge, but otherwise balanced with very fine tannin and no issue
    regarding length. I’d be laying it down for a number of years myself.
    93 + points

  • Tony Love, SA Weekend Magazine, Oct 2013

    Oliver's Taranga 2010 HJ Reserve Shiraz ($55), a super-premium delight crafted from old vines fruit, displaying its fine oak regime via wonderfully dusty tannins but never straying from rich and gently expressed shiraz plumminess.

  • James Halliday, Wine Companion, Sept 2013, 95 points

    Wine Companion tasting note.

    Rating:
    Drink By:
    2040
    Price:
    $50.00
    Date Tasted:
    01 Sep 2013
    Alcohol:
    15%

    James Halliday - Published on 07 Jan 2014

    The estate vineyards were planted in 1948 after HJ (Bert) Oliver returned from RAAF 458 Squadron after WWII. It is the essence of McLaren Vale shiraz, rich, warm and generous black fruits, a ladle of dark chocolate, and ripe tannins. It carries its alcohol, and will coast through the next 30 years.

  • Money Magazine, Peter Forrestal, March 2014

    The Oliver Family have had vineyards for more than 170 years and, under Corrina Wright, now make their own wines. Startingly good whites from fiano and vermentino and a robust yet succulent Sagrantino are turning heads. However, there is nothing like their traditional reds to titillate your palate. The 'HJ' Reserve has been made in the best years since 2000. The outstanding 2010 has the opulence and concentration you would expect from a luxury shiraz, with a touch of elegance and full-throttle power to finish. Its balanced, wonderfully integrated, and can be enjoyed now or over the next decade- historical Aussie shiraz.

  • Download Tasting Notes

    Grape Variety

    100% Shiraz

    Growing Region

    100% McLaren Vale

    Colour

    Dark maroon

    Aroma

    Sweet plummy fruits, spicy oak input and violet florals

    Palate

    What a palate! Dense and luscious, the 2010 HJ Reserve Shiraz delivers at every level on the palate. Dark chocolate, sweet spices, slight char and blackberry characters meld beautifully with the layers of fine grained tannins. Seriously generous and rich-

    Cellaring Potential

    10+ years

    Maturation

    50% new French Oak – the HJ spends 30 months in barrel

    Alcohol%/Vol

    15%

    Winemaker

    Corrina Wright, 6th Generation family member

    Date Bottled

    June 2011

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