‘Chica’ Mencia Rose

Small Batch Wines  |  2016 ‘Chica’ Mencia Rose

Tasting Notes:


Mencia is a native variety of Spain, in particular the Bierzo region in the north-west of the country. It has been enjoying a rebirth of prominance in its home country, and Oliver’s Taranga are the first to plant it in Australia. We are still learning every year, and while the vines are still juvenile, we decided to get our whole cellar door team on board to learn more about the winemaking process – and as such the ‘Chica’ Mencia Rose was born! Our winemaker Corrina used a fermentation technique called ‘Carbonic Maceration’ – a big word, but it basically means that the Chica is super lifted and delicious.

Awards & Accolades:

Rosés come in many guises

"Add to this that wineries are playing around with fascinating varieties, and rosé should be a staple in any household.

Take, for example, the lovely Oliver’s Taranga Chica Mencia Rosé ($25)from McLaren Vale. A full yet structured rosé, which, I dare say, would pair with many wonderful dishes (let alone a long arvo on the deck). Add to that some snappy labelling and this wine hits the target perfectly"

Rebekah Richardson, The Advertiser
September 1, 2017 9:30pm

Oliver's Taranga Chica Mencia Rosé 2016

There's more summer loving here than John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John could ever sing about.

Red flowers, watermelon, red currants and dried strawberries. Inviting aromas but it's the acidity that has me hooked - crunchy and clean. A dry wine with persistent fruit drive, there's plenty of sunshine and happiness in the glass.

Drink now with friends and a barbeque within reach.

91/100 - Very good
Region: McLaren Vale
RRP: $25
Source: Sample


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    Growing Region

    McLaren Vale


    Pale salmon pink


    Lifted floral notes, watermelon, slight cherry liqueur edge, along with a touch of sherbet and pomegranate.


    Gran’s musk lollies follow through on the palate, although it is a dry rose. The palate is all watermelon rind and flowers, with some fine, creamy tannins and zesty dry lemon finish. Like eating a watermelon right down to the white bits – this rose is refreshing as! Delicious with cured meats, or try with chocolatey desserts for a taste sensation.



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