Small Batch Wines | 2015 Tempranillo
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Tempranillo is fast becoming a preferred variety in McLaren Vale, with its more savoury notes and rustic charm. We use old French oak only on this wine,letting the varietal characteristics stand out. The 2015 vintage was a low-cropping one, and this resulted in exceptional intensity of flavour. Again, only a super
tiny portion of the Tempranillo was made this year. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!!
Awards & Accolades:
Oliver’s Taranga Vineyards Tempranillo 2015
I always like the personal, hand written notes from proprietor/winemaker Corrina Wright of Oliver’s Taranga. Delicious irony in the hand written in pen note that accompanied these wines started ‘sorry I didn’t have time to write a personalised note’…
Rich, dark fruit scents. Loaded with briary blackberry scents, raspberry jam, cherry cola and something meatier. Floods the palate with soft, fleshy, dark, coffee-dusted black fruit flavours. Tannins build gently to close with coffee ground-like feel. It’s a really easy wine to like, generous spread in the palate without being weighty. Good winter warmer, though tempranillo’s inherent personality is, for me, a couple of blocks away from this wine.
Rated : 90 Points, The Wine Front, Mike Bennie
Oliver’s Taranga McLaren Vale Tempranillo 2015
Australian tempranillo is still finding its way. Some are too dry red-like, some are too alcoholic, some way too astringent and mean. Oliver’s Taranga chooses to highlight the gape’s generous fruit while maintaining some of the style’s firm structure. This is an enjoyable wine with chocolate and tempranillo’s trademark dark cherries, plums and spice leading to a generous palate. It’s a big wine, it fills the mouth and stays there.
Score: 90/100 Jeni Port