A complex bouquet of dark plummy fruit, bacon, wheat, leather and eucalyptus opens this uniformly well-liked offering. It’s full and even, with fine fruit-to- acid balance on the palate, good texture and weight, and roasted fruit, licorice, earth and mint flavors. More than one panelist described this seamless, smooth wine as sexy. It’s a lovely, seductive example…
This is one sexy, concentrated wine. Aromas are rich and perfumed, featuring purple fruit and black pepper at the fore. It's still fairly tannic and young, but in a few years' time the purple fruit and wheat flour flavors will be showing beautlfully.
Nicely balanced McLaren Vale Shiraz, featuring mixed berries, toast and spice carried by a firm structure and some rich, soft tannins on the finish. Aromas of coffee, plum and graham crackers complete the package. Drink now–2020.
This is one of the early stars of South Australia’s highly variable 2008 vintage. Herbal, smoky and vaguely peppery upfront, this is full bodied and creamy in texture without being soft, boasting intense raspberry and blueberry fruit framed by cedar and smoke. Finishes with surprising firmness and structure, but it should round into form by the end of 2010 and last…
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 intersting drinking right now, so why wait?
Oliverhill seems to have hit the mark in 2008 with their Jimmy Section Shiraz, a seamless blend of blueberries and cream dressed up with savory notes of dark earth and dark coffee. Full-bodied and creamy textured, this densely concentrated wine should be at its best now-2020.
This Shiraz does a nice job of balancing its fruit-sweet characters of blackberry and blueberry with savory elements of herbs and green olives. It’s full-bodied, warm and creamy-textured, with a warm, chocolaty finish. Drink it now and over the next few years.
A satisfying steak house red, Oliverhill’s 2008 Red Silk doesn’t have the intensity or complexity of the Jimmy Section or Mount Benson Shirazes, but still offers plums and vanilla, plenty of weight and richness and a delicate dustiness on the finish. Drink now-2016.