Premium Wines | 2000 Shiraz
The 2000 vintage was an extremely low cropping year, and this wine reflects the concentration of flavour expected from such low-bearing, old vines.
This is the sixth vintage released by the Oliver family. It is produced from Estate grown old vine Shiraz.
Decant approximately 1 hour before serving
- Robert M. Parker, Robert Parker, Wine Advocate Issue 143, 93/100
The 2000 Shiraz offers up black raspberry liqueur characteristics intermixed with crème de cassis, and sweet toasty oak (2/3 French and 1/3 American oak is employed). Full-bodied, with impressive purity, a layered texture, and a 30-second finish, this marvelous wine will drink well for 5-10 years.
- Edinburgh Cellars
"A sleeping giant! We first tried this wine nearly a year ago and were knocked over by its power. Twenty-four hours after being opened and it was still going strong with truckloads of ripe, red berry fruits, licorice, earth and dark chocolate. And now? It's a stunner. Mulberry, blackcurrantly fruit intermingled with smoky, cedary oak, the wine has great structure and length with a fine, firm tannin finish. With a bit of air, a fantastic drink now, but definitely a contender for the cellar."
- Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator, 92/100 points
Looking for the next cult Shiraz from Australia? This one might be it, the product of a 175 hectare family vineyard that has some prized old vines on it. Opulent and remarkably persistent in flavor, its blueberry, plum and perfumy flavors roll across a plush frame and echo beautifully on the finish. Drink now through 2010
- 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.