Monday, 8 October 2012

Oliver's Taranga HJ Reserve Shiraz 2008

Wow. Wow. Wow!
This blew my socks off. So much so it will be on my Christmas table.

Described as "ultra premium", it certainly is, and then some.

The fruit was picked before the heatwave of 2008 took hold, and thank goodness!

Flavours are big, powerful and concentrated.

After a few years tucked away in the bottle, the wine needed a little resuscitation. With a little more life in it, boom!

Super dark in colour, edging on black. Aromas of spice, dense chocolate, deep plum and cedary oak. This is seriously good and meaty.

Ridiculously smooth and soft yet dense. Loaded with flavour. If ever you were to taste chocolate characteristics in a Shiraz, this is the one. Blueberry, blackberry and deep plum goodness add to the flavour profile with a sweet touch of spice. The length goes on and on, and although the alcohol is high (15%), it is not obtrusive. A well balanced wine.

Fine soft tannins finish off a wine I saluted - an absolute cracker!

Another reason for me to look forward to Christmas.

Who: Olivers Taranga
What: Shiraz (15% alc)
Where: McLaren Vale
When: 2008
How: $50

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