Oliverhill Jimmy Section Shiraz 2004
Syrah/Shiraz from Australia
Alcohol By Volume: 14.8%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
2004 had a longer than usual ripening period, this was due to the region experiencing the coolest January in twelve years. This allowed the fruit to reach full flavor ripeness with excellent color and tannin. The resultant wine exhibits blue and blackberry fruits with notes of melted licorice interwoven with bitter chocolate. The use of French oak has added structure and balance giving us a wine with a full mid palate and extremely good length.
"The outstanding 2004 Shiraz Jimmy Section (100% Shiraz aged in French oak, of which one-third was new) exhibits a big, sweet nose of blackberries, licorice, pepper, and flowers. It’s a stacked and packed, opulent, moderately tannic effort with superb density and richness as well as a multidimensional mouthfeel and persistent finish."
The Wine Advocate
"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-almost viscous-showing intense flavors of blackberry, boysenberry, kirsch and vanilla. For all its weight and fruit intensity, there's also striking precision. Sappy, luscious and long on the finish, with round, harmonious tannins and a subtle note of cracked pepper adding interest."
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Oliverhill is a small boutique winery (McLaren Vale has been refined to as the spiritual home of the small winery in Australia) that specializes in premium quality limited production reds. Specifically, a single vineyard Shiraz, Jimmy Section, coming from a small 5-acre plot planted nearly 30 years ago an old vine Grenache, Bradey Block, made from vines up to 80 years old and a...
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