Oliverhill Winery Shiraz Mclaren Vale Jimmy Section 2004
This Shiraz was the top finisher and a clear favorite in our recent blind Australian wine tasting. Complex aromas and flavors of blackberry, currant, raspberry, smoke, pepper, cinnamon, and meat (everybody seemed to find something different) are supported by a wonderfully lush texture.Add winemaker's notes
Oliverhill is a small winery located in McLaren Vale. We, the Miller family, have been here since the early '90's but Oliverhill was established in the early '70's. All production, bottling etc take place here on the property at McLaren Vale.
Four and a half glasses
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This Shiraz was the top finisher and a clear favorite in our recent blind Australian wine tasting. Complex aromas and flavors of blackberry, currant, raspberry, smoke, pepper, cinnamon, and meat (everybody seemed to find something different) are supported by a wonderfully lush texture.
Inky ruby. Strikingly aromatic nose displays alluring ripe dark berry and spice elements, along with fresh flowers and minerals. Lush, deeply concentrated blackberry and mulberry flavors offer compelling sweetness and a suave, velvety texture. Where are the tannins? Finishes with very impressive palate-staining persistence.
This outstanding trio of McLaren Vale reds performed beautifully. One of South Australia's finest efforts is Oliverhill's 2005 Shiraz Jimmy Section. Aged in 100% French oak (33% new) for 17 months, it is an unbelievably dense wine boasting an exquisite perfume of spring flowers, blackberry and blueberry jam, smoky pain grille, and graphite. Huge intensity, full body, and stunning concentration, richness, and length suggest this spectacular wine will age effortlessly for 10-15+ years.
Deep medium ruby. Superripe, porty nose shows a slightly oxidative roasted nut element. Sweet and nutty, with a distinctly port-like surmaturite. Dense and thick, with some sexy oak tones in the mid-palate, but the wood element gives the finish a dry edge. Ultimately lacks real shape.
The 2006 Shiraz "Jimmy Section" is slightly muted aromatically but with coaxing aromas of pain grille, tar, blueberry, and blackberry emerge. This leads to a full-bodied wine with gobs of spicy black fruits, ripe flavors, and for a wine of this size, surprising elegance. Give it 4-6 years in the cellar and drink it through 2027.
The 2006 Jimmy Section is made in a rich, syrupy style, but does it have enough structure to improve with age? The dense blackberry and blueberry fruit carries its 15.5% alcohol well - at least for the moment - and there are some attractive peppery, herbal complexities that make for interesting drinking right now, so why wait?
This shiraz offers a meaty, substantial texture cut by mineral tannins, so even if the chocolate-cherry flavors are mouth-coating in their richness, they never feel thick. The tannins seem to bring light into the wine, the way light glances off granite, showing off cool, spicy fruit. Ready now, or in several years, for lamb off the grill.