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2016 HJ Reserve Shiraz


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HJ was a lover and a fighter. He fought to win the affections of his sweetheart Marjorie, before serving in WWII. He then fought to realise his vision of seeing the Taranga property produce only high quality grapes. This commenced with his planting of the ‘old block’ Shiraz in 1948- the same McLaren Vale vines that form the base of this reserve Shiraz today.


Cherry, blackberry compote, rum n’ raisin chocolate, sweet vanilla, spices and mocha.
Bright blue and black fruited, savoury spice, mocha through the palate. Dense and flavoursome, the tannins are silky and integrated, with sage and black currant characters, framing this gorgeous expression of McLaren Vale Shiraz.

The 2016 vintage was a low-cropping one, and this resulted in exceptional intensity of flavour, and a spectacular follow up to the Halliday 97 pointed 2015 vintage.


This is the fifteenth release of our Langtons Classified HJ Reserve Shiraz.
HJ is picked from the very best parcels of old vine Shiraz on the Taranga vineyard– it has been barrel selected and bottle aged for optimum enjoyment. Named after our grandfather Herbert John 'HJ' Oliver, we know he would be very proud of his namesake wine.

Corrina Wright, 6th Generation


Taranga vineyard, McLaren Vale. Sourced from the ‘Old Block’, planted by HJ Oliver in 1948.
Dark maroon


James Halliday- Wine Companion 2020

The winery background speaks of ‘Reserve' but is not mentioned on the label. 3 days cold soak, open-fermented, matured for 24 months in French hogsheads (35% new). Clever packaging, with a bottle number (no total) and planting date ('48). Archetypal full-bodied McLaren Vale shiraz, deeply coloured and densely packed with black fruits, dark chocolate, licorice and ripe, balanced tannins.

95 points
Langtons Fine Wine Classification

Excellent category - Listed September 2019

Campbell Mattinson- The Wine Front

2016 HJ- They spent the spring of 1948 digging holes and planting shiraz on a block at Oliver’s Taranga in McLaren Vale. The vines took and grew and nearly seventy years later these vines, old now, grew the grapes for this wine, which was matured in all-French oak in readiness for release.

It’s a rich, plush shiraz with flavour up to its neck. Blackberry, sun-drenched plum, vanilla and toast, with musk and violet notes swanning about. Big fruit and big oak. It’s gutsy, smooth, intense and satisfying. You wouldn’t call it modern, you wouldn’t call it old-school; you’d call it full-bodied McLaren Vale shiraz, with an air of luxury.

94 points
James Suckling

A select parcel that has a more classically styled feel. The oak is a little more prevalent on the nose and the palate has more savory flavors, melded into ripe sweet dark plums, as well as more upright tannins. Drink or hold. Screw cap.

92 points
Mike Bennie - WBM Magazine

One of the best releases of HJ Shiraz from the McLaren Vale stalwarts Oliver's Taranga. It shows with a bouquet of prune and plummy fruit characters and offers whiffs of fig and date, brown spice and toast. There's similar flavours. brooding, deep and full, with a swish of puckering tannins and a long, gently sweet finish. It delivers a lot, so very well.

94 points