Countdown: Blog 146: It’s all about the vines and the wines

First generation William Oliver dabbled in a little bit of winemaking in the early years of Oliver’s Taranga, but well before the first wine would be made under that very name. It was mostly about the growing of grapes for William, and the horses, pigs, cattle, sheep and orchards.

This photo (at right) shows some of the first and second-generation Olirangas standing amongst the bush vines.

Newspaper clippings narrate William’s early success in colonial winemaking, a huge achievement considering the large-scale farm that had to be managed.

Over the years many of the first plantings were removed for other farming pursuits.

By the fourth generation, HJ Oliver (Bert) followed his vision to grow high quality vineyards. Upon return from his service with the RAAF 458 Squadron during World War II in 1948 he planted what we now call “the old block”.

Fruit from these vines form the base of Oliver’s Taranga’s HJ Reserve Shiraz. The same fruit is often also accepted into Penfold’s Grange.

"The Old Block" Shiraz. Planted 1948.

These gnarly old vines are treated with care.  The deep roots prevent the need for a lot of watering, and guarantee low yields and concentrated flavours.

The grapes are handpicked to provide the best possible fruit for the best possible wines.

To celebrate our 170th year – we’ve released a special museum release of the HJ Reserve Shiraz (2002). Be sure to grab a bottle or stick a couple in your cellar.

This wine spends 30 months in new French oak, and sits along some of Australia’s iconic wines. You won’t be disappointed.