Premium Wines | 2000 Shiraz
Ian Daebeler, Sunday Mail
If you're one of the winegrowers with the pedigree to produce fruit worthy of inclusion for the famous Penfolds Grange label, that’s status. They are an exclusive brotherhood and even if the fruit misses the “Grange honours” passmark for one vintage, the fruit left is unerringly top quality. One of the “chosen” is the Oliver family at McLaren Vale, who grow fruit on their property Taranga, with a label under the same name.
Although there is no cellar door outlet, the label is available for tasting at the McLaren Vale and Fleurieu Visitors Centre. The 1999 Taranga shiraz is sold out but the 2000 vintage (to be released in May) will be worth a short wait. Despite its youth, it has all the chocolate mocca and intense McLaren Vale earthy characters that make the varietal the district’s signature.
It would be infanticide to drink it on release, for it was extremely low cropping, is intensely flavoured from the old vines, with sweet oak influence and excellent length. There is an additional 2000 vintage ultra-premium reserve shiraz still in barrel at Boar's Rock made as a dedication to Don Oliver's father, who died last year.
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100% McLaren Vale, Estate grown
Rich, deep maroon.
Savoury plum, earth and tobacco leaf.
Rich coffee, mocha and chocolate. Fine long tannins with excellent length.
Drink now to 5 years
1/3 new American & French oak, 2/3 various age American & French oak.
Corrina Rayment, 6th Generation family member