Newly Langton’s Classified in 2018! The ascension of this wine into the ‘Excellent’ tier of Classification VII is testament to its keen following in the secondary market, where it has been achieving higher-than-retail prices, and solid demand.
The richly concentrated HJ Reserve Shiraz derives from the best parcels of estate-grown vines planted in 1948. After traditional open fermentation, the wine is matured in new (now 30%, originally 100%) and seasoned French hogaheads for 24 months
Ripe, saturated and expressive, it typically shows deep-set blackberry and liquorice aromas, dense chocolatey textures, underlying mocha complexity and mineral length.
Hand-picked from the Old Block, lightly crushed, 3 days cold soak, wild yeast open-fermented, matured in French hogsheads (35% new). Remarkable retention of hue; expressive black fruits drive the bouquet, with bits'n'pieces of licorice, dark chocolate and briar. The full-bodied palate is positively juicy and luscious until fine, but firm, tannins take hold on the finish, the oak with that integration that only comes from finishing fermentation in barrel (especially when new).
95 points, James Halliday (November 2017)
Rich red wine complete with a healthy pour of caramel-like oak. There’s nothing ‘new school’ about this; it’s unashamed in its chase for sweet, ripe, bold flavour, though it serves it in a creamy-smooth way. It’s a big red, with tangy orange-like acidity, the tannin to match, and with cuddliness forever at hand.
92 points, Campbell Mattinson (October 2017)