Powerful, yet very well-balanced, the two varieties reacting synergistically; a mix of plum, black cherry and blackberry, with fine but persistent tannins; has swallowed 20 months in French oak; 20-year cellaring ex the label conservative. Only available in magnum. James Halliday 94/100 Drink to 2040
James Halliday 96 points. "Outstanding texture and structure....precisely controlled."
James Halliday 97 points. Tasting note: Light, clear crimson; given the medium-bodied weight of the wine, the intensity and length of the wine is prodigious; unlike the '08, red fruits are the main theme, rather than black, on the aromatic bouquet and through the palate. Made from very old vines, and comes with a 20-year cellaring guarantee; French oak and fine tannins complete the story of its ultra-limited production. (05-Sep-2011) [James Halliday]
WA 94. A prodigious, decadently rich effort, Oliverhill’s 2003 Shiraz Jimmy Section (15% alcohol) is a 100% Shiraz aged in French oak, of which one-third is new. It offers up a luxurious aromatic display of loamy earth, new saddle leather, blackberry liqueur, charcoal, and barbecue spices. Layered, chewy, full-bodied, and opulent with extravagant richness, sweet, supple tannin, and low acidity, this is a knock-out Shiraz to drink over the next 5-12 years. RPJ Oct 2004.
WA 93 The 2005 Heinrich, a blend of Grenache, Mourvedre, and Shiraz (15%, 30%, and 55% respectively), reveals a dark purple hue along with a sweet perfume of crushed rocks, blueberries, creme de cassis, creosote, vanilla, and spice. It is a full, earthy effort to consume over the next 7-8 years. RPJ Oct 2006.
WA 93+ The backward 2004 Shiraz Heysen, aged 20 months in a combination of American and French oak, possesses a dense purple color as well as rich notes of blackberries, licorice, creosote, and camphor. This dense, full-bodied, ripe, powerful Shiraz includes 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, which is impossible to detect. Give it 2-3 years of cellaring and drink it over the following 12-15+. RPJ Oct 2006.
WA 94. The 2006 Shiraz Heysen is a saturated purple color with legs that ooze slowly down the glass. The nose offers aromas of pain grille, pencil lead, truffle, espresso, black cherry, and blueberry. On the palate it is hugely concentrated, flavorful, and impeccably balanced while maintaining a sense of elegance. This beautifully wrought wine will provide pleasure from 2013 to 2026. JM Feb 2009.
WA 94 The 2005 Shiraz (65%) – Mataro (35%) “Hubris” was aged in French and American oak puncheons, 50% new. It delivers aromas of spice box, clove, damp earth, pencil lead, black cherry, and blueberry. This is followed by a ripe, layered, structured wine with superb length. It merits 6-8 years of further cellaring and will drink well through 2025. JM Oct 2007.
JH 94. Impenetrable colour; an exceptionally intense and powerful wine, well-balanced within its terms of reference. A rare exception made to taste a final tank sample. If the wine makes it safely to bottle will merit higher points still." 94/100 Wine Companion Feb 2007 James Halliday
~ Buy 3 Magnums and Pay $90 net Each ~ JO 95, JH 94 Tasting note: Dense, deep colour; extremely powerful dark fruits, the tannins interwoven, and the balance good, but leave it for 5 years. (21-Feb-2006) [James Halliday] …Grapes designated for the Black Puma were crushed to open fermenters to ensure maximum colour and flavour extraction. True to Warrenmang’s philosophy of traditional wine making, the wine was hand plunged twice daily on skins and then basket pressed. Matured for over 30 months in French oak. the wine displays intense blackberry and dark cherry fruit with a hint of spice. The rich fruit persists through the palate giving...
JH 92 Tasting note: Dark and savoury bouquet with bay leaf, blackberry essence and plenty of hot tar; the palate is loaded with sweet fruit, gravelly tannins and ample toasty oak, handled with ease by the level of fruit. (25-Feb-2009) James Halliday Our Victorian clients rave about this wine.
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