98 points James Halliday Wine Companion

2017 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.

TASTING NOTE

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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

Over the 174 years plus that we have been growing grapes on the Taranga property, we haven’t seen an earlier finish to vintage. Well, not it living memory anyway! Usually we will harvest in February &
March- but in 2015, we finished on the last day of February. Unheard of !! We had very low crops and a warm year, which sped up ripening. ‘Old Block’ handpicked 25th of February 2015, ‘South Block’ handpicked 23rd of February 2015.

HISTORY

This is the sixteenth 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

James Halliday Wine Companion 2019

“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.” – James Halliday

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