Small Batch Wines | 2013 Vermentino
Tony Keys, Feb 2013
Oliver’s Taranga Vineyards Vermentino 2012:
Italian vermentino (known as Rolle in France) makes a lightly perfumed somewhat spicy style of wine lower in alcohol than its richer Australian cousin. Sometimes the so-called new varieties are more show than substance because the wine media go all wanky over them. Being new does not automatically equate to being good. I think vermentino has a good future in Australia and at this early stage it’s looking as if the McLaren Vale is a place well suited to it (Fox Creek also makes a good one). This is a lovely wine that has been superbly crafted. It’s textual with a slightly spicy flavor - 94 points and worth the $24.
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Aromas of lemongrass, ginger beer, lime and sea spray
Lifted freshness through the palate with lovely powdery tannin and mouth-watering natural acidity. Lemon grass and kaffir lime, with plenty of texture.