97 Points & Special Value Wine James Halliday
This is the fourteenth release of an Oliver’s Taranga Reserve Shiraz. Tthe 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.
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.
“Machine-harvested, Olivers Old Clone planted ’48, destemmed and crushed, 3 days cold soak, wild yeast open-fermented, 10 days on skins, matured in French hogsheads (35% new). The quality of the 70yo estate vineyard is immediately obvious, the wine with a rare multiplicity of aromas and flavours spanning the earth and sky; old, polished leather, dark chocolate and rich, dark fruits, all caught in a silken web of purple and black fruits by ultra-soft, but persistent, tannins.” – 97 Points & Special Value Wine James Halliday