Tasting notes: Oliver's Taranga Vineyards, (McLaren Vale, SA) 2015 »
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With 100 ha of premium grapevines on the Taranga property, the Oliver family has over 50 blocks representing different grape varieties, clones, soil types and vine ages.
Each vintage, different varieties and blocks will show their strength and from this has been born the 'SMALL BATCH' range. Made in small batches, these wines have been handcrafted to speak of both the variety and the vintage in which they have been produced
Here are tasting notes and awards for two of their wines:
2015 McLaren Vale Small-batch Fiano
Fiano is relatively new grape variety to Australia, and originates from the Campania region of Italy. This is the eigth vintage of fiano and they love working with it. Fiano is super heat and drought-tolerant, being able to maintain acidity in the grapes even in the hot South Australian summers. 2015 was certainly a dry and hot vintage, and as such the fiano was in its element and the quality brilliant.
This minimal intervention fiano is made with indigenous yeast, has no added acid and is made without the use of oak.
Pale-straw in colour, aroma on the nose notes of ginger beer, lemon freshness and nutty seaside herbal accents. Ginger beer again on the palate, loads of texture, bright lemony lime acid line. Cashew nut and creamy brie cheese notes – delicious!
Awards: Australian Alternative variety show – winner, Best 2014 Fiano of Show; Best Italian Variety White Wine; Best White Wine of Show.
RRP: A$24.00 bottle
2012 McLaren Vale Shiraz
Oliver's Taranga were blessed with a spectacular vintage in 2012 – the reds will be talked about for a long time! Low cropping with great intensity. The shiraz fruit on the Taranga vineyard was singing, and the concentration on the vine has carried through beautifully into the resultant wines
Deep-maroon in colour, with aromas of plummy fruit on the nose, backed up by generous spice, dark chocolate and toasty oak. Palate shows brilliant freshness, bursting with forest fruits and dense chocolate mocha notes. The palate is typically generous, with loads of fine tannin giving structure to the wine, and a long finish.
Serving suggestions: Enjoy with slow roasted beef cheeks and heirloom root vegetables
Cellaring: Drink now to 10 years.
RRP: A$30.00 bottle
- McLaren Vale (SA)
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