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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.

TASTING NOTE

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AROMA
Cherry, blackberry compote, rum n’ raisin chocolate, sweet vanilla, spices and mocha.
PALATE
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.
WINE & VINTAGE

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.

HISTORY

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.

WINE MAKER
Corrina Wright, 6th Generation
GRAPE VARIETY

100% SHIRAZ

REGION
Taranga vineyard, McLaren Vale. Sourced from the ‘Old Block’, planted by HJ Oliver in 1948.
COLOUR
Dark maroon
ALCOHOL
14.5%

WHAT THE WRITERS HAVE TO SAY

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