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.
- Tasted at Lee's Wine Experience 11/7/09
Deep purple in color. Good nose (lush deep fruit) and an excellent taste (dark fruit with, hints of green vegetation, and some smokiness). Smooth medium finish - what you would expect from a good Australian Shiraz. Good value
Very smooth. Nice flavor. A stronger finish then what I prefer.
External Reviews for Oliverhill Winery Shiraz Mclaren Vale Jimmy Section
The 2006 Shiraz andldquo;Jimmy Sectionandrdquo; 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 4andndash;6 years in the cellar and drink it through 2027.
One sexy, concentrated wine. Aromas are rich and perfumed, featuring purple fruit and black pepper at the fore. Itrsquo;s still fairly tannic and young, but in a few yearsrsquo; time the purple fruit and wheat flour flavors will be showing beautifully.
This outstanding trio of McLaren Vale reds performed beautifully. One of South Australiarsquo;s finest efforts is Oliverhillrsquo;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 10ndash;15+ years.
Deep ruby. Dense, liqueur-like aromas of dark berries and exotic baking spices and flowers, with a blast of boysenberry making a strong statement. Fat and weighty mdash; almost viscous mdash; showing intense flavors of blackberry, boysenberry, kirsch and vanilla. For all its weight and fruit intensity, therersquo;s also striking precision. Sappy, luscious and long on the finish, with round, harmonious tannins and a subtle note of cracked pepper adding interest.
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 andmdash; at least for the moment andmdash; and there are some attractive peppery, herbal complexities that make for interesting drinking right now, so why wait?
92 pts Stephen Tanzer 2007 Deep violet. Explosive blackberry, mulberry and smoked meat aromas are brightened by zesty minerality and exotic orange zest. Seductively spicy and pure, offering vivid cherry and dark berry flavors and no undue weight. The flavors reach every corner of the palate, with slow-building, fine-grained tannins adding structure. Finishes with superb clarity and persistence.
Some wines really just do not need staff reviews - I should just sit back and let the accolades speak for themselves! The Jimmy Section Shiraz is the signature wine of Oliverhill, premium quality and limited production, made from grapes from a single vineyard in the McLaren Vale. Incredibly lush, extracted and substantial; packed to the brim with ripe blueberry, black cherry, black currant, chocolate and white pepper. Explosive and juicy, but with the balance and structure to last for years. It's the kind of exceptional, elegant wine you can never go wrong in serving to out-of-town guests or business associates, but I find it to be the best pick-me-up after a long, terrible day. You'll always be happy after a glass of this wine!