Tempranillo

Small Batch Wines  |  2011 Tempranillo

Chris Shanahan, August 2013

Oliver’s Taranga Tempranillo 2011 $32
Oliver’s Taranga vineyard, McLaren Vale, South Australia
Overall McLaren Vale seems to have weathered the cold, wet 2011 vintage better than the Barossa Valley. Winemaker Corrina Wright called it an “interesting” season, noting that 1974 was wetter. I tasted this wine with Wright on a visit to the winery in July. Wright said this was a very small production of a wine she’s made since 2006. Tempranillo seems well suited to McLaren Vale and, indeed, to a great diversity of Australian regions. This one’s medium bodied, with blueberry-like fruit flavours under more savoury characters and the variety’s distinctively firm but fine tannins.

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Grape Variety

100% Tempranillo

Growing Region

McLaren Vale

Colour

Deep dark maroon

Aroma

Lifted blueberry fruits, spiced plums and sweet fruit

Palate

Medium bodied, fresh acidity, more blue fruits through the palate, lovely varietal tannins and great length

Cellaring Potential

Drink now to 5 years

Maturation

old French oak

Alcohol%/Vol

13%

Winemaker

Corrina Wright

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