Fortified Wines | NV The Banished Fortified Grenache (500ml)
THE STORY OF ‘THE BANISHED’
Since 1841, William Oliver and his descendants have grown premium wine grapes on their McLaren Vale ‘Taranga’ property. However, three brothers from the second generation avoided the trials of family farming, preferring to live the ‘good life’ of drinking, smoking and gambling! Needless to say, they were banished from the family property, but we salute their carefree attitude with this fortified Grenache. Having patiently aged this fortified Grenache for 20 years in a solera of ancient Cognac barrels, we are proud to finally see our customers enjoying this classic Australian fortified wine.
- Gold Medal & Trophy – McLaren Vale Wine Show 2011
- Australian Wine Journal, Aug 2009, 94 points
Oliver's Taranga The Banished NV ($40) Average age 20 yrs grenache-based fortified. One of my favourites of SA's 'house tawnys', and this bottle was freshly bottled from the barrel. It's lighter, fresh, long and precise, and it reveals layers of flavours which just unwind down the palate with its beautifully fortifying spirit, displaying a wonderful, nutty rancio character and perfectly balanced sweetness. Beautiful; and I don't even mind the slight price increase.
- Australian Wine Journal, Aug 2009, 95 points
Golden/caramel brown in the glass, it slowly unfolds to rich, honeyed aromas of fruitcake, sweet toffee and gentle spice, with a surprisingly pleasing level of restraint and integration. Thick in texture, with a flow akin to melted butter, the luscious palate displays a gently understated intensity of its mature caramel mud cake, orange peel and tea flavours, supported by undertones of stone fruit and dried apricots. It finishes long and persistent with a delicious aftertaste of sweet nuttiness complemented by moderate alcoholic warmth. The Banished is an incredibly clean and balanced 20 year old fortified. It's fresh as a daisy but with enough mature, complex elements to keep the most discerning of drinkers happy. Fortified fans should 'unbanish' this, now. You won't regret it. Drink now
- Lonely Grape, Aug 2009
This wine is not available at this time – it has been so popular that they had to remove it from sale. The wine is drawn from a 20 year old solera system, so to keep with wines integrity only a certain amount can be withdrawn. Expect the wine back at the cellar door in about 6 months. The wine shows all that you would expect from a 20 year old fortified – rancio characters, hazelnuts and toffee – YUM. The packaging is first class and I understand this wine has been frequently purchased with gift giving in mind!