Shiraz

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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Closure

Cork

Grape Variety

100% Shiraz

Growing Region

100% McLaren Vale, Estate grown

Colour

Rich, deep maroon.

Aroma

Savoury plum, earth and tobacco leaf.

Palate

Rich coffee, mocha and chocolate. Fine long tannins with excellent length.

Cellaring Potential

Drink now to 5 years

Maturation

1/3 new American & French oak, 2/3 various age American & French oak.

Alcohol%/Vol

14.5%

Winemaker

Corrina Rayment, 6th Generation family member

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