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.
Acid shows through on nose, with some jamminess. Medium tannins and acids, big body. Pleasantly sour, almost like a poor-man's 02 Smith-Haut-Lafitte. Red fruit. Mint chocolate. Good QPR @ $35
Huge, jammy, black fruit. Huge but balanced tannins and acidity. Velvety texture. Light medicine. Light raisin and smoke and pencil lead. Juicy. Ready, but still fruit left. Concentrated. Would stand up to food and red meat. 15.3%
External Reviews for Oliverhill Winery Shiraz Mclaren Vale Jimmy Section
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 Jimmy Section was planted in the mid-1970s, so it's a mature vineyard but not one of the grand old dames. It makes beautifully balanced Shiraz, firm in texture, distinctive in flavor, with something reminiscent of apricot skins weaving through the solid blackberry and licorice flavors. It all lingers nicely. Best from 2005 through 2012.
This is a wine of real personality. Smooth, with a winning reticence to the polished blueberry and plum flavors, delicately shaded with loamy, leafy notes. The finish keeps sailing on. Shiraz. Best from 2009 through 2016.
When tasting this wine, one person referred to it as "liquid sex." You get the idea. This is a sensationally voluptuous, rich, full-bodied, highly-extracted yet velvety-textured, old vine Shiraz with an opaque blue/purple color, a spectacularly aromatic nose (black and blue fruits, creosote, smoke, and graphite), huge body, great concentration, a compelling seamlessness. Given today's wine prices, it is an unequivocal bargain. Drink it over the next 10-12 years.
The 2002 Shiraz Jimmy Section is a stunningly proportioned, opaque purple-colored offering displaying notes of melted licorice interwoven with creme de cassis and hickory smoke. Layered and chewy, it is the antithesis of wimpy wine. Consume it over the next 10-15 years.
This Australian red from the McLaren Vale is a fruit-driven blockbuster. From low yielding vineyards, it boasts rich and succulent flavors of black raspberry and cassis, chocolate, roast coffee and black pepper. Almost opaque in the glass, it is a huge, multidimensional mouthful of wine with a gorgeous, long finish.
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?