Small Batch Wines  |  2013 Vermentino

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Vintage Notes:

A native of Italy, Vermentino is generating a lot of interest in the wine community due to its heat tolerance, and ability to produce beautiful crisp and fresh wines, perfect for the Australian palate.  This Vermentino was made without the use of oak, and is made to drink in the next 12 months-preferably with a plate of fresh, South Australian seafood!


  • Huon Hooke, Gourmet Wine Traveller Feb/Mar 2014, 90 Points

    A soft, fluffy texture sets this wine apart from most other vermentinos. There's stone fruit aromas and a suggestion of toasted nuts, while the palate is clean, crisp and light. A trace of residual sugar enhances the richness. The acidity is gentle. 90 points ****

  • Huon Hookes Best Wines for Summer 2013, Good Food, Nov 26 2013

    Palish straw colour; an interesting bouquet of toasted-nutty aromas, savoury and complex while the taste is clean and fresh, ligh and dry, with crisp texture (but not high-acid), and the same complez flavours as the nose, hinting at some barrel involvement. It has a touch of richness and finishes almost dry. A very appealing wine, on a different plane from other Aussie Vermentinos. Best within two years. 90/100

  • Jane Faulkner, The Saturday Age, Aug 17, 2013

    McLaren Vale is famous for its full-bodied luscious shiraz, but it's also perfect for more alternative varieties. Oliver's Taranga vineyards have been leading the way with selections of those from sagrantino and tempranillo to fiano and vermentino. It is spurred on by winemaker Corrina Wright's love of these wines. The 2013 whites have just bee released and, as this vermentino reveals, they are super fresh and vibrant. Tasting this, I'm craving summer and a bowl of salty fried shrimp. And an ocean view.

  • Vintage Direct, 93 points, September 2013

    Brilliant water like colour with a faint greenish tinge around the edges and watery hue. The nose displays aromas of citrus, light pear, dried herbs and mineral. On the palate citrus and tropical fruit flavours are to the fore followed by some mineral with an intriguing nutty almond twist on the very dry finish. Excellent textural qualities with medium to long aftertaste of citrus, tropical fruits and dried almonds. This is made without the use of oak and is best suited to early consumption, preferably with a plate of fresh, South Australian seafood! 93 points.

  • Winsor Dobbin, Ciao Magazine- Wine With Winsor, September 2013

    Shining White.

    Vermentino is an aromatic white Italian grape variety that’s making a big impact in Australia – and this is one of the best so far.

    It’s fresh, vibrant and dangerously drinkable and went down a treat with pan-fried blue eye. There’s some refreshing zesty lemon rind notes here and appealing crunchy crispness, too.

    A McLaren Vale winner from talented young winemaker Corrina Wright.

  • Taste- Tony Love, August 2013

    Oliver's Taranga 2013 Vermentino

    McLaren Vale, SA, $24

    OT's small batch range includes this and a fiano, both keen early players in this territory. Wild ferment and some lees (yeast solids) influence have given this a true midway path between crisp and crunchy and more intense styles. The result is most pleasing, a lovely tension of richmeets bite with a mix of white nut over white pear and nectarine fruits.

    Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars 'Small yet spectacular'

    Value: Very good
     Robust fish stews

  •, July 2013

    2013 Oliver’s Taranga Small Batch Vermentino

    Fiano may be the superior grape but it’s Vermentino that’s gaining the head of steam in Australia. So be it.

    Tastes and smell of sour lemons, herbs, sea shells, melon and rind. The palate offers curves and refreshment in roughly equal measure. The bitter almond skin notes on the back-end are the most interesting part of the wine for me. That and the savoury edge that it possesses. Plays it relatively safe but succeeds within its chosen paradigm. Should make plenty of people happy. I have 89/90 written down but I’ll go with the higher score because of that. 90

    Region: McLaren Vale
    Alcohol: 12.0%
    Closure: Screwcap
    Price: $24
    Tasted: July 2013

  • Tony Keys, Feb 2013

    Oliver’s Taranga Vineyards Vermentino 2012:

    Italian vermentino (known as Rolle in France) makes a lightly perfumed somewhat spicy style of wine lower in alcohol than its richer Australian cousin. Sometimes the so-called new varieties are more show than substance because the wine media go all wanky over them. Being new does not automatically equate to being good. I think vermentino has a good future in Australia and at this early stage it’s looking as if the McLaren Vale is a place well suited to it (Fox Creek also makes a good one). This is a lovely wine that has been superbly crafted. It’s textual with a slightly spicy flavor - 94 points and worth the $24.

  • Jane Faulkner, The Sydney Morning Herald, Aug 17-18, 2013

    Oliver's Taranga vineyards has a selection of alternative grapes, from sagrantino and tempranillo to fiano and vermentino. This wine has a touch of stone fruit, pine needles, Mediterranean herbs and saltbush while the fuller palate reveals a lovely creamy, nutty texture, plus tangy acidity with ginger and pepper notes. Love it. And, tasting this, I crave summer with a bowl of salty fried shrimp.

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    Grape Variety


    Growing Region

    McLaren Vale


    Pale straw


    Aromas of lemongrass, ginger beer, lime and sea spray


    Lifted freshness through the palate with lovely powdery tannin and mouth-watering natural acidity. Lemon grass and kaffir lime, with plenty of texture.




    Corrina Wright

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