98 points James Halliday Wine Companion

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.

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. 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

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 18th 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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