Reserve | 2011 HJ Reserve Shiraz
2011 was an interesting vintage, one of the wettest was 1974! The cooler year resulted in a slightly different style with the HJ Reserve, one that will have a long life and reward cellaring.
From the Wine Writers:
Generously varietal and regional for that matter too, a ripe and luxurious example of 2010 Shiraz at its best. Plump dark berries are complimented by Asian spice, mocha oak and hints of musk. Firm tannins, and bright acidity neatly tie up the finish.
Drinking Range: 2018 - 2031
- Gary Walsh, The Wine Front, 93 points 3rd December 2014
Of all the regions in South Australia, I tend to think McLaren Vale fared the best in 2011. Sometimes, even, this vintage has made better and more interesting wines.
Shows a good clip of oak, and seems more than a little 'Penfoldian' in it's delivery, was my first impression. Plum, blackberry, dark chocolate and toasty oak, with a cool undertow of wet vintage mulch and spice adding complexity. Medium to full bodied, mocha and spice, with fine grained supple tannin and almost cool acidity driving it along. Blackcurrant sweetness and oyster sauce savouries, then a silky toasty finish of good length. Pretty bloody good, really.