Reserve | 2010 HJ Reserve Shiraz
2010 was a spectacular year-one of the best of the decade. After a few years of heat waves and droughts, 2010 was perfect with a mild growing season, rain at all the right times and no heat shocks.
- James Halliday Wine Companion Sept 2014
The estate vineyards were planted in 1948 after HJ (Bert) Oliver returned from RAAF 458 Squadron after WW11. Is is the essence of McLaren Vale shiraz, rich, warm and generous black fruits, a ladle of dark chocolate, and ripe tannins. It carries it's alcohol, and will coast through the next 30 years.
James Halliday - Published on 27th July 2014
- Jeremy Pringle, Wine Will Eat Itself, Oct 2013, 93+ points
Made in a style some love and others love to loathe. For me, it’s a now and then
proposition. I’m happy wines like this still exist even if my buying habits have
High grade toasty, charry vanilla oak and it’s laid on thick. Intensely sweet fruit
will gobble it up over time. A raisin and caramel edge but boisterous fresher
black and purple berries animate the palate. Layered with rich chocolate,
animal hide, licorice, soy, cloves and other baking spices. A big’un for sure
with a spirity edge, but otherwise balanced with very fine tannin and no issue
regarding length. I’d be laying it down for a number of years myself.
93 + points
- Tony Love, SA Weekend Magazine, Oct 2013
Oliver's Taranga 2010 HJ Reserve Shiraz ($55), a super-premium delight crafted from old vines fruit, displaying its fine oak regime via wonderfully dusty tannins but never straying from rich and gently expressed shiraz plumminess.
- James Halliday, Wine Companion, Sept 2013, 95 points
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- 01 Sep 2013
James Halliday - Published on 07 Jan 2014
The estate vineyards were planted in 1948 after HJ (Bert) Oliver returned from RAAF 458 Squadron after WWII. It is the essence of McLaren Vale shiraz, rich, warm and generous black fruits, a ladle of dark chocolate, and ripe tannins. It carries its alcohol, and will coast through the next 30 years.
- Money Magazine, Peter Forrestal, March 2014
The Oliver Family have had vineyards for more than 170 years and, under Corrina Wright, now make their own wines. Startingly good whites from fiano and vermentino and a robust yet succulent Sagrantino are turning heads. However, there is nothing like their traditional reds to titillate your palate. The 'HJ' Reserve has been made in the best years since 2000. The outstanding 2010 has the opulence and concentration you would expect from a luxury shiraz, with a touch of elegance and full-throttle power to finish. Its balanced, wonderfully integrated, and can be enjoyed now or over the next decade- historical Aussie shiraz.