Langton's Fine Wine -Excellence category

2017 HJ Reserve Shiraz

$75.00

Continue Shopping

@drummoyne_wine_society In 2002 I starting buying 6 bottles each year of a little known wine called HJ Reserve Shiraz made by @oliverstaranga and @corrinaattaranga 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 and typical of cool climate Shiraz, it’s fruits are amazing. Lots of plums, vanilla, spices and even chocolatey flavors. Unbelievable value for this wine, if it’s foreign to you, go and get on their mailing list today

TASTING NOTE

DOWNLOAD PDF
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 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

2017
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

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