Small Batch Wines  |  2009 Tempranillo

Vintage Notes:

Tempranillo is fast becoming a preferred variety in McLaren Vale, with its more savoury notes and rustic charm. 2009 has provided us with our best Tempranillo yet. We use old French oak only on this wine, letting the varietal characteristics stand out.


  • Hospitality Magazine, Christine Salins, Jan 2012
  • James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2012, 89 points

    Strong colour; a tangy, powerful wine, with that elusive citrus rind nuance lying behind the black fruits and substantial tannins; made for the long haul.

  • Jesse Lewis, Good Drop November 2010, 93 Points

    This has a precise tannic structure which is absent from a lot of Australian Tempranillo. In fact, I’d go so far as to say it blows a lot of them out of the water. It’s dark and earthy with black cherry, bramble, coffee grinds and wild strawberry. The length and tannins are superb. Perhaps, for me, the standout wine of the range.

  • Australian Wine Journal, Oct 2010, 89 points

    In addition to their regional 'standards' of shiraz, grenache and shiraz cabernet, Oliver's Taranga also release a limited selection of new varietals under the Small Batch label. Just 1821 bottles of their French oak matured tempranillo were made from 2009.
    One of my only concerns with early examples of McLaren Vale tempranillo is that they're often more strongly regional than varietal, however, Oliver's Taranga's 2009 shows a plethora of heady varietal and ripe regional aromas. It reveals a sweet, earthy fragrance lifted by floral notes of rose petal and light spice, underneath which resides some tarry, raisined fruit, cherries and chocolate with a whiff of cured meat. There's good length of flavour to its full-medium bodied palate, as well as lithe structure, a faintly prickly finish and a pleasingly concentrated texture that toes the line between syrupy and velvety, but I just can't get past its high level of ripeness expressed through rich, dark, meaty fruit flavours. Although these characters are held in check enough (by length, texture and structure) to be enjoyable, it still lacks the brightness of fruit to suggest a decent stint in the cellar would be of benefit.  A smooth, rich and ready to drink tempranillo whose ripe regional characteristics hinder its true varietal expression somewhat. Those who don't mind a bit of ripeness in their wines should love this, especially with a hearty beef burger. Drink to 2014.
    89 points
  • Australian Wine Journal, Sept 2010, 91 points

    Oliver's Taranga Tempranillo 2009 ($32) Oliver's Taranga believe this is their best tempranillo yet and I'd have to agree. It reveals that classically varietal exotic spice fragrance, with savoury yet ripe undertones of dark berry/plum fruits harmonised by smooth vanilla/chocolate oak. On the palate its surprisingly elegant and medium-bodied (for both region and style) with a fine, long drive of sweet, earthy flavours framed by svelte, prickly temp tannins and beautifully restrained alcohol (13.0%). It's very well composed.

  • Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front August 2010, 92+ Points

    Flavours of malt, coffee beans, ripe dark cherries and lemon blossoms. It has a rich juiciness and a good clip of velvety tannin. Spicy aftertaste. Satisfying from start to finish. Should develop well medium term. Nice wine all over.

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    Grape Variety

    100% Tempranillo

    Growing Region

    McLaren Vale


    Deep dark maroon


    Earth and spice characters. A mineral slate- like hint to the nose.


    Mineral tightness on the palate give the 2009 Tempranillo a great line. Strong savoury, meaty and black cherry notes.

    Cellaring Potential

    Drink now to 5 years


    old French oak




    Corrina Wright

    Date Bottled

    May 2010

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