Small Batch Wines | 2008 Grenache
A record 15-day heatwave interrupted perfect vintage conditions in McLaren Vale in 2008 causing the most condensed harvest in the region’s history.
Vintage started in the first week of February, slightly earlier than average. Cool and dry conditions during berry ripening were conducive to excellent flavour, colour and phenolic development.
- QWine, October 2011
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2011
Oliver's Taranga Cadenzia Grenache 2008A gobful of of goodness right here!
This Grenache from McLaren Vale is a beauty.
Deep crimson and deep maroon in appearance, the first whiff hit me with some oak and then raspberries and spice. Some sweetness came into play too.
A lovely mouth feel and my suspicion was correct after checking the website. There is 5% of Shiraz sitting in there. The palate did seem a little fleshier than expected and not that this is a bad thing. That little shiraz hit adds that smidge of grunt factor - and I loved it!
The raspberries and spice follow through to the palate from the nose. The spice in this Grenache was a winner and leaves you longing for more. Super long finish ensures you have plenty to think about with fine smooth tannins. And that spice, hmmm, give me another top up please!
- Jesse Lewis, Good Drop, November 2010, 92 points
I found aromas of raspberries, plum, tar, pepper and cherry cough syrup. The bouquet is fairly distinctive and I kept my nose in the glass for a long time. There’s no sign of confection, as you can sometimes expect from South Australian Grenache. On the contrary, the palate is earthy with some nutmeg and pepper spice. Persistent length. Love this style of Grenache.
- Tony Harper, Brisbane News, July 2010
…a more powerful and structured wine. Tannin and oak play far greater roles, but a core of racy acidity keeps the wine bright and lively.
- Tony Love, The Advertiser, July 2010
Part of the winery’s small batch range by Corrina Wright, the wine has a warm-blooded texture of its own- a peat-char layer as well as a lovely spice flavor- and is simply a lovely, warming winter wine.
- Ben Thomas, Decanter, June 2010, 4 stars
…is a wine with voluptuous floral aromas of strawberries, rich cherry and tar. For a wine with quite a high alcohol level this is rather light in colour and weight but there are intense flavours of cherry, strawberry and savoury, earthy notes. It’s tannins are ripe and drying and there is a long, spicy finish to complete this wine.
- Philip White, June 2010, 92++ points
This is Grenache essence of the verging-on-dessert mode. It's ultra slick and silky, with that gossamer sheen that ripe McLaren Vale Grenache seems expert at producing. It has a whiff of chocolate about it, but that is filled with a liqueur of raspberry and wild black cherry, and then it's been spiced up with really savoury nutmeg and clove oak. It is scary in its slick texture: verging on syrup, disarmingly wholesome and reassuring (don't believe a word of it), and then, finally, ever-so-reluctantly, it turns on a tiny dash of focussing tannin. Like nearly all McLaren Vale Grenache, I reckon I'd like it more if it was picked earlier, but I've always been a touch one-eyed about that, haven't I. Yes.
- Tony Keys, The Key Report, June 2010, 93 points
Light to start but the intensity grows on the journey without becoming heavy or out of balance.
- Campbell Mattinson, The Big Red Wine Book 2010, 92 Points
The oak is heavy but the flesh is strong. This grenache from Oliver’s Taranga has a future ahead of it.
Vanilla and malt, with an added hit of spearmint. Give the wine time to breathe though and its persistence becomes more and more compelling, and it’s fleshy, fruity, grainy mid palate increasingly enjoyable. Fine-grained tannins nurse the wine along. I eventually came away impressed.