James Halliday 95 points

2018 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
Violets, blackberry pie, mocha, spice and mineral notes.
PALATE
Savoury spice, mocha and plummy sweetness through the palate. Layers of flavour, the tannins are fine, silky and integrated perfectly. A wine with plenty of length and mouth-filling generosity.
WINE & VINTAGE

2018 is one of the vintages of the decade. Perfect ripening, good solid crops, strong
winter rain and lack of heat waves made it pretty near perfect!

HISTORY

This is the 17th release of our Langtons Classified HJ 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
Deep maroon
ALCOHOL
14.5%

WHAT THE WRITERS HAVE TO SAY

2017
Ned Goodwin for Halliday Wine Companion

Hand picked from the Old Block (planted ‘48), gently crushed before an ambient ferment with no acid, tannin or sulfur additions, racked to French hogsheads (35% new). Sulfured after mlf. Unfined. A deep crimson. Violet, blueberry, black cherry, anise, boysenberry and nori scents curl their way around a pillar of toasty mocha oak. While apparent, it is far from obtuse, operating as a welcome signpost to the wine’s warmth, richness and cavalcade of flavours. Long and generous, without being loud.

95 points
Langtons Fine Wine Classification

Excellent category - Listed September 2019