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2005 Oliver's Taranga Vineyard HJ Reserve Shiraz

McLaren Vale, South Australia, AUSTRALIA
$49. 99
$599.88 Dozen
Cellar: 3 - 4 Years (2017-2018)
ABV: 14.5%
Closure: Cork

The first vintage of Oliver's super premium Shiraz called the ‘HJ Reserve' was produced in 2000 as a tribute to the memory of H.J. ‘Bert’ Oliver. Fruit for the 2005 H.J. was sourced from a single block planted in 1948. Maturation took place in 100% all new French oak from a variety of different coopers for a period of just under two years. Total production was around 600 dozen.

A Superb McLaren Vale Shiraz that’s entering it’s peak drinking window.

Totally opaque black crimson colour with a dark crimson red hue. The nose shows excellent intensity delivering a very perfumed bouquet of liquorice and blackberries over some vanillin cedar, touches of dark chocolate and spice. Rich and concentrated the palate possesses a beautiful supple texture and is still very fresh with plenty of life left in it. Opulent flavours of liquorice, ripe blackberries and dark chocolate flood the palate with background nuances of vanillin oak, some leather and spice. Long aftertaste of liquorice, ripe blackberries, dark chocolate, spicy vanillin cedar and light earthy leather like characters. A great buy given the proximity to current release pricing.
Drink over the next 3-4 years.
Alc 14.5%

First tasted March 2008
Opaque black crimson colour with black crimson hue showing strong cling to the glass. Superb nose of violets followed by liquorice allsorts, vanilla, spice and blackberry with chocolate, black pepper and spice end notes. Excellent palate weight and depth. Flavours of liquorice allsorts, black pepper, vanilla and spice. Velvet smooth tannins. Aftertaste of vanilla, spice and black pepper. A superb drink.
98 points.
Cellar 5-8 years (2013-2016)
Alc/Vol: 14.5%