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2019 HJ Shiraz

$75.00

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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

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

2019 was one of the hottest summers on record, and the dry season resulted in a 30% reduction in our crop. While there was no impact on quality, it means we just have a bit less to share with you this year!

HISTORY

This is the 18th 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

2019
The Real Wine Review - Huon Hooke

Deep, dark, brooding red/purple colour and a rich dark-chocolate, fruitcake, subtle spice and toasty-oak bouquet. Full-bodied, rich and supple, with ample tannins which are ripe and creamy textured. There is density and gravitas here, the finish drawing out long and satisfying. Good now, but it would certainly reward cellaring.

95 points
Ned Goodwin for Halliday Wine Companion

At this level, this sort of cedary vanillin oak works well, galvanising brambly blackberry notes, infused with nori, saline mineral crunch, anise and smoked pepper. A powerful wine, but the elements are in synch to meld well with a few years in bottle. For those who like oomph with a modicum of class.

94 points
Langtons Fine Wine Classification

Excellent category - Listed September 2019