Small Batch Wines  |  2009 Grenache

Vintage Notes:

2009 was a very low cropping vintage thanks to a heat wave during flowering. This resulted in a very low percentage of berries completing set, and thus impacted crops drastically. This resulted in some very concentrated fruit and fast ripening.


  • Perth Sunday Times

    Lush plush Grenache-This is a riot of spicy, brambly flavours, lush, velvety texture and suductive, current drinking.

  • Jeremy Oliver, Australian Wine Annual 2012, 91 points

    Genuinely bright and fresh, with a deep core of almost jubube-like plum and cherry fruit lifted by spicy dark floral aromas, harmoniously backed by nuances of briar and blackberry pastille, blueberries and raspberries and framed by fine, drying and gritty tannins. It’s faintly raisined, but long and juicy, finishing soft and savoury

  • Nick Stock, The Good Wine Guide 2012, 92 points

    This is an elegant, honest and soulful little grenache from the small producer, delivered in a earthy, balanced style that’s made for early drinking. The nose has bright red-fruit aromas, a little spice and liquorice; the palate delivers impressive pure re-berry fruits, lithe tannins and deep yet elegant finish. Terrific balance here too

  • Ken Gargett, July 2011, 92 points

    From an ever-improving producer from McLaren Vale, this is a delicious grenache. Dense, richly flavoured, with good length, nice balance and fine tannins. Vibrant notes of spice, and an attractive mix of blackberry and raspberry

  • Mike Bennie, The Wine Front, July 2011, 90 Points

    Oliver’s Taranga Cadenzia Grenache 2009

    Posted on 03 July 2011.

    I’m seeing increased quality, verve and excitement coming from Oliver’s Taranga – must be some fairy dust in the winery. Superb ‘alternative’ variety releases aside, the personality filled MVale classics are really coming to the fore. A golden age? Heatwaves may have intervened.

    Despite tough conditions, the blazing heat seems to have left little taint in this wine. Sure, it’s bigger and fuller in texture than expected, but it’s far from stewed and overripe. Instead, concentration brings a hint of funky feralness to the sweet perfume of the aromatics and pushes some earthy, savour characters into the palate. The wine drives with red berry and dark plum flavours and shows the soft grip of chocolatey tannins. There’s a blaze of acidity and it feels a bit rigid, instead of the expected grenache plushness, but an appealing kind of wine nonetheless.

    Rated : 90 Points
    Tasted : JULY11
    Alcohol : 14%
    Price : $30
    Closure : Screwcap
    Drink : 2011 - 2016
  • Angus Hughson, Gourmet Traveller Wine, Apr/May 2011


    “A very silky and perfumed example with layers of subtle, almost floral red-fruit characters given some serious interest by earth and spice. Pure and supple with fine grainy tannins, this is made for drinking over the next three years.”

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    Grape Variety

    100% Grenache

    Growing Region

    McLaren Vale


    Deep red.


    Pretty floral and forest floor notes abound. Cherry spice, cinnamon and nutmeg jump from the glass.


    Medium bodied on the palate, the spiced cherry characters follow through. Adding to the complex palate are soft round tannins and a pleasing earthy character. Great luncheon wine.

    Cellaring Potential

    Drink now


    Old French oak




    Corrina Wright

    Date Bottled


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