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 Cabernet Sauvignon produced from the “Jimmy Section” vineyard. The Grenache and the Shiraz represent the classic South Australian style, big and juicy with sweet black fruits, brood shouldered with substantial palate presence, yet maintaining balance and exceptional fruit intensity. The Cabernet Sauvignon although not as big and mouth filling texturally maintains noted fruit intensity with a long and persistent finish. All 3 reds are produced in an extremely limited format with total production hovering around 1000 cases total. The Millers, producing handcrafted wines that are truly artisan in style, will never produce a lot of wine but what they do produce will always be of the highest quality.
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Oliverhill Red Silk Shiraz displays complex fruit and sexy, silky tannins. Perhaps it's the old age and low yields of the vines, or maybe the special care and attention fruit receives in the winery. The essence of McLaren Vale lives in our wine-complex fruit and sexy, silky tannins. This is who... more
Perhaps it's the old age and low yields of our vines, or maybe the special care and attention our fruit receives in the winery. The essence of McLaren Vale lives in our wine-complex fruit and sexy, silky tannins. This is who we are and we're not about to change! Enjoy! more
The fruit is hand picked determined by flavour, then is destemmed and crushed into 3t open fermenters.The Shiraz is inoculated with Lalvin Syrah yeast. Hand plunging takes place four times per day. The wine is fermented to dryness on skins, average twelve to fourteen days. It is then basket pressed... more
The nose shows notes of higher pitched dark red fruits, then broader blueberry plumpness, and a hint of chocolate along with a subtle earth and spice component aromatically. Fuller bodied and layered the palate offers the generosity one expects from the producer and the region (Mclaren Vale), with... more
A dry winter, followed by heavy rains in spring resulted in healthy vine canopies across all varieties. Mild early summer lead to a warmer period during veraison, resulting in less vegetative growth and then some vine stress in late summer. There was low disease incidence with all varieties... more
Linda and Stuart Miller have been plugging away at their little winery for many years, seemingly slipping below the radar for much of that time. Nestled atop a hill on Seaview Road, the most prestigious dirt in McLaren Vale, their fruit was heavily sought after by Penfolds for inclusion in their... more
This outstanding trio of McLaren Vale reds performed beautifully. One of South Australia's finest efforts is Oliverhill'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... more
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... more
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.-Wine Advocate more
An old vine Grenache, Bradey Block, made from vines up to 80 years old.
The 2002 Grenache Bradey Block exhibits subtle notions of creamy oak in its sumptuous bouquet of black raspberries and sweet cherry jam. Powerful, full-bodied and voluptuous, it is loaded from beginning to end. The 16%... more