International Grenache Day 2014

Oliver’s Taranga made sure we flew our flag high, with a Grenache wine promotion and attendance at three seperate events celebrating International Grenache day.  Our lovely colleagues Kate Fleming and Chad Smith gave us the wrap on these gatherings:-

When the people can’t get to the Vale, we the next best thing – we bring the best of the Vale to the people!  Twenty McLaren Vale wineries, including Oliver’s Taranga, took over Moonta Street in China Town on International Grenache Day.  Nearly 700 people made the most of opportunity to try some outstanding Grenache and Grenache blends for our wonderful region.  For the foodies amongst the crowd, the adjacent China Town restaurants were creating succulent duck dishes, for the ultimate pairing of Grenache and duck.  Heaven!

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The celebrations continued the next day with the annual Grenache Cup – a showdown between McLaren Vale and Barossa Valley – held at the Edinburgh Hotel.  The weather gods gave us a perfect afternoon in the garden, where some very serious and discerning punters tasted their way through 67 different Grenache and Grenache blends from McLaren Vale and Barossa Valley.  Whilst the judges awarded the cup to the 2012 Twelftree Grenache, from Two Hands Wines in the the Barossa (congrats!), the Clever Clog Taster’s Award went to a very organised and clearly experienced wine-loving gent who brought his own french stick to help neautralise his palate between tastings.  Hats off to you sir.

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Now from Chad………..

We had the pleasure if joining our friends at Wine Direct with fellow guests Lino Ramble, Year Wines, Richard Hamilton and Schwarz Wines for some Grenache madness on International Grenache Day.  The backdrop was the unique shop front and workshop that is home to the Props Dept. and Justin Hermes design, buried deep in the southern end of the CBD.  The reds were flowing upon my arrival and the excited hum from the 70 or so who had turned out ricocheted off the stacks of fresh oak, wlm and birch wood stacked around the workshop.  The slightly rustic setting lent itself to a casual evening where vintages (? Releases Versions? Styles?) of Grenache were cleverly matched with delectable Spanish treats from El Choto, culminating in a stunning match of 2010 Grenache with slow sherry braised rabbit and morcilla paella with artichokes created before our eyes at the end of the table.


With half a dozen bottles of our 20 year old Banished Fortified Grenache already opened, there were only two directions it could have gone after the main and the choice of cheese over sweets was a very good one!  70 glasses of erratic shape and size were filled with luscious fluid as platters of gorgonzola piccante and blue, muscatels and fig were dispersed on irregular wooden slabs.  As the cheese and fortifieds disappeared into stomachs and the volume grew, I called it a night around midnight but rumours are that the remaining wines continued to fill glasses until much later! Thanks to Darryl and Matt from Wine Direct and Justin for the use of the workshop.

Check out the unique and created ‘furniture and objects’ at

Read what the Wine Direct fella’s had to say.


Cheers from Kate & Chad