James Halliday 98 points

2017 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.
@drummoyne_wine_society In 2002 I starting buying 6 bottles each year of a little known wine called HJ Reserve Shiraz, I’ve never missed a vintage since, and there’s a good reason why. This is simply stunning. Incredibly dark, almost black when it hits the glass, it’s fruits are amazing.

TASTING NOTE

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AROMA
Chocolate pudding, blackberry pie, mocha spice and vanilla oak.
PALATE
Savoury spice, mocha and plummy sweetness through the palate. Full flavoured, the tannins are silky and integrated, with sage and black currant characters, framing this more restrained vintage of McLaren Vale Shiraz.
WINE & VINTAGE

2017 was a year where we had some magnificent rains during spring, so the soil profiles were full to the brim come budburst. This meant we had a bumper crop year, with a long slow ripening period. A great follow up to the Halliday 95 pointed 2016 vintage.

HISTORY

This is the sixteenth 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

2017
James Halliday- Wine Companion 2021

Part from the oldest estate block (planted '48), and Rayments clone 1654 (planted '96), destemmed, berry-sorted, lightly crushed, 3 days cold soak, wild yeast-open fermented, pressed at 1 degrees baume for primary and mlf in French oak (35% new). Great fruit, great vintage, great winemaking

98 points
Langtons Fine Wine Classification

Excellent category - Listed September 2019

James Suckling

Quite ripe and bright red-berry aromas here with plums and redcurrants, as well as some savory, earthy notes. The palate has a succulent, rich and ripe core of plums, blackberries and licorice. Hint of sarsaparilla to close. Drink or hold. Screw cap.

92 points