Friday, December 24, 2010

***** $$$ Oliverhill Jimmy Section Shiraz, 2005, McLaren Vale, Australia - Review and Rating

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Original Review, December (24), 2007:

Hello readers; and a very Merry Christmas to those of you who celebrate this holiday.

On tap for tasting this evening is a McLaren Vale shiraz I've been wanting to try for awhile: the "Jimmy Section" from Oliverhill Winery. I've got the 2005 available.

In the glass, Jimmy Section is an opaque blood red, just a glint of transparency at the edge.

Aromas tumble nicely from the glass: fresh-crushed black cherries that burrow right into your brain. Just a touch of deep funk pools into an oil-slick aroma.

On the palate, furry, creamy, sweet-cherry is the first note, resolving into a mouth-coating robe of deep fruit, tannins and light acids. The finish goes on forever - you almost don't need to take another sip. Of course, you will. And another. And another...

The Christmas holiday is one of selflessness; but the five stars I'm giving this wine means you'd really better not get between me and the bottle!

Robert Parker gave the 2005 Jimmy Section a not-too-shabby 96 points and said, "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 blueberry jam, smoky pain grille, and graphite. Huge intensity, full body, and stunning concentration, richness, and length suggest this spectacular wine will age effortlessly for 10-15+ years."

Updated review, exactly three years later, December (24), 2010:  The exactness of the three year time was truly coincidental, other than my tastes may run to the same type of wine with a turkey dinner right before Christmas.  Well, let's see how well this has held up in the cellar... Color is still opaque, with combined purple and brick at the very edge.  Served cool with a brief decant, the Oliverhill 2005 Shiraz Jimmy Section shows aromas that are now a bit more shy, still showing essence of black cherries and a petrol/motor oil hint.   All of the palate remains intact, from the sweet start, to the furry tannins, to the deep fruit and the lengthy, building finish.  Still awesome... Now bring on that dinner!

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