Small Batch Wines  |  2011 Sagrantino

From the Wine Writers:

James Halliday- 91 points - Published on 27th July 2014

Sagrantino is a rugged variety, always with elevated tannins - here not even the '11 vintage could wash them out.  But it does have excellent colour, and some attractive licorice and sour cherry flavours.  Just be quick to swallow it before tannin gridlock strikes.

'A cooler, wetter year doesn't seem to have made any impact on the quality of a wine that's quickly establishing an enviable track record.  Rather complex in profile.  Blackberries flecked with red fruits.  Potpourri, sage, oregano and cured tobacco are all in the frame as well.  The acidity brightens the wine yet remains in carriage with the flavours.  Takes a savoury turn from the mid-palate onwards as a strong massage of tea-leaf tannin makes itself felt.  The segue is accomplished and seamless.  Has the structure and balance to cellar well but it's worth decanting for now.  Wine Will Eat Itself, April 13, 2014 Jermey Pringle

Oliver's Taranga Sagrantino hasn't put a foot wrong over the past three releases.  Huge promise in McLaren Vale for this wonderfully tannic red variety.  Cool season but there's lots of warm fruit flavour here.  Blackberry, tar, violets. chocolate and baked dry spices.  Tannin though is more than a match for the fruit, charging in from the mid palate onwards and taking command.  Blessed be it so.  There's minerally, herbal, seaweed note to the finish but it works in terms of positive complexity.   Acidity has some thrill to it.  Like this a lot. 94 points Campbell Mattinson


  • Christina Pickard, James Halliday's Wine Companion, Feb/Mar 2015

    Complex brambly black fruit and herbs meld seamlessly with earth and stones and the grapes characteristic vice-like tannins. Its worthy of aging, although after a quick decant, it would be perfect with richer foods.

  • Vino-Review, Josh Tuckfield, 2011 Sagrantino, Dec 2014
    Saturday, 20 December 2014

    Oliver's Taranga Vineyards Sagrantino 2011

    Twenty eleven was a very cool and wet year so I wouldn't have expected a Sagrantino to have been produced as the variety is very late in ripening. This wine is made with fruit character in mind as the juice does not spend much time in contact with the skins. Once the fruit is pressed off it is transferred to old French oak and after about 2 years in barrel the wine is bottled.

    Oliver's Taranga Vineyards Sagrantino 2011

    My first word on my notes says perfumed and I can see why. The wine is very pretty and perky with light to medium bodied notes of dried roses, raspberries, light cherries, dried herbs and cracked pepper. The tannins are not prominent and seem fully ripe and round which makes this easy to drink now.  This wine is brilliant for an entry into the Sagrantino world.

    Alcohol: 14.5%
    Price: $40
    Rated: 88
    Drink: Now - 2021

  • Download Tasting Notes



    Grape Variety

    100% Sagrantino

    Growing Region

    McLaren Vale


    Deep Dark Maroon


    A slate-like nose. along with florals, christmas cake, spice and ironstone characters


    Sagrantino has beautiful floral tannins, loads of savoury fruit and a fresh acid line

    Cellaring Potential

    10 years



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