Small Batch Wines  |  2015 Grenache

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2016 Grenache

Medium to full red/purple colour with a sweet herb and raspberry aroma. Suggestions of balsamic herbs. It’s sweet and ripely inviting, with attractive flavour and a certain individuality. There is a hint of green tannin on the aftertaste. 26 NOV 2017

Huon Hooke 87/100


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Olivers Taranga Vineyards McLaren Vale Grenache 2015
Region: McLaren Vale
A light bright cherry red. Raspberry fruits a little spice. Fruit-driven. Rich but balanced, and the acid
and tannins keep the wine fresh. This should age nicely too.

Jame's Hallidays Wine Companion 2018 Edition 91 points

Oliver’s Taranga Grenache 2015, McLaren Vale, AUD $30

Grenache is hot right now, with its fragrance and personality, not to mention its affordable price! This excellent example from Oliver’s Taranga in McLaren Vale has gorgeous raspberry aromatics, white pepper spice and hints of musk. The palate is gently textured and medium-bodied with perfectly ripe red fruits plus appealing brightness. It is a very easy drinking style made for casual dining and sharing with those you love.

Score: 92 ★★★★ The Real review - Toni Patterson

Alcohol: 14%

Ageing: now to 2021

Food: Pizza with fior di latte, mushrooms and thyme

Readers of these reviews will know that I am quite a Grenache freak. And why not? It is a grape variety that we absolutely nail here in South Australia and McLaren Vale is ground zero when it comes to benchmark regions where Grenache rules the roost.

To speak of a family’s connection to their land, which I think is important, William and Elizabeth Oliver settled on their land in McLaren Vale in 1841 and, today, it is fifth generation Don Oliver tending the vines, Corinna Wright making the wine and Brioni Oliver managing the cellar. A family affair.

It is a lovely place to visit if you are ever down that way, there is a cute little cottage for the cellar door and all manner of good stuff on tasting, but I digress. The wine shows a Pinot-like hue in the glass with aromas of ripe plums and berry fruits along with hints of cola, Asian spice, hoisin, ginger cake and wafts of gentle oak.

It’s quite giving and expansive on the palate, fruit-full yet retaining a savoury edge with light tannins tugging at the roof of the mouth as the wine trails off into the distance.

For me, Grenache’s strongest points are its drinkability and its ability to match all number of different foods at the dining table. It’s also great on its own, can take a chill in the fridge if you like it a bit cooler and is killer with some spicy Taiwanese bao.

The Adelaide Review - David Brookes 

Oliver’s Taranga Vineyard Grenache 2015

Spice jumps out of the glass immediately and dances on the front palate. This small batch release shows obvious power from old McLaren Vale vines but it’s intention is to highlight a lean savoury note. Surprisingly nimble on the tongue for such a hefty wine, it shows lovely elegance and balance. David Sly 2017

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    Grape Variety


    Growing Region

    McLaren Vale


    Light Maroon


    Crunchy bright sour cherry, forest floor, ironstone & nettle.


    Lovely acidity and freshness, sweet fruited and crunchy tannins. Fresh and vibrant. Perfect with wood oven pizzas or a charcuterie plate!


    Corrina Wright

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