Small Batch Wines | 2011 Vermentino
We welcome a new varietal to our small batch family in 2011- Vermentino. A native of Italy, Vermentino is generating a lot of interest in the wine community due to its heat tolerance, and ability to produce beautiful crisp and fresh wines, perfect for the Australian palate. This Vermentino was made without the use of oak, and is made to drink in the next 12 months- preferably with a plate of fresh, SA seafood!
If you would like to read more about the making of the 2011 Vermentino see: https://www.oliverstaranga.com/blog-124-vermentino-and-fiano-a-go-go/
- Gold Medal – 2011 Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show
- Wine Will Eat Itself, Jeremy Pringle, April 2012
2011 Oliver’s Taranga Vermentino
The Vermentino revolution continues to gather steam. A fair number of producers are getting a handle on how to wrangle the best out of this variety. Roll on, I say.
This is chalky and lemony with an odd but enjoyable suggestion of fresh salad. The flavour, though light, builds through the line until we reach some pear. Nice acid too – brisk but not hard. Hints of bath salts and brine on a tart and extensive finish. Great summer drinking and (sea)food friendly as well.Good – Very Good
Region: McLaren Vale
Tasted: April 2012
- Winestate Magazine March/April 2012- 3 stars
Delicate green apple nose with toasty notes and evolving mouthwatering palate.
- Italianicious Magazine- Jan 2012- Gill Gordon-Smith
Oliver's Taranga Vineyards took out the Gold Medal (at the Australian Alternative Varietals Wine Show), with a single vineyard Vermentino fermented in stainless steel and bottled under screwcap. This is a refreshingly bright wine, full of citrus, lime and lemongrass, a light sea-spray character, mouthwatering acidity and a lingering finish. Its a wine that is totally gluggable. McLaren Vale has the winds and the proximity to the sea that classic Vermentino thrives in.
- Nick Stock, The Good Wine Guide 2012, 90 points
A nice evolution happening here, showing some stone fruit and estery sweet, yeasty florals at this early stage; should settle in nicely for summer drinking. The palate’s nice and crisp: some pears and lemon juice, powdery texture through the finish.
- Max Allen, Weekend Australian, August 2011
Oliver's Taranga Vineyards in McLaren Vale has released two southern Italian-accented 2011 whites: a tangy, savoury, lean and chalky vermentino and a slightly fuller, chewier, honey-spicy fiano (both $24; oliverstaranga.com). These are exactly the kinds of wines you want in the fridge or the Esky as the weather warms up and you develop a hankering for deep-fried, beer-battered whiting (or is that just me?). The Olivers also happen to be celebrating 170 years of winegrowing this year.
- Jane Faulkner, The Age, July 2011
“This is winemaker Corrina Wright’s first vermentino and it looks good. Varietally spot-on, it starts with delicate floral and citrus notes then a burst of vibrancy on the palate with bright crisp acidity; zesty with a hint of dried herbs and fresh finish.”
- Jesse Lewis, Good Drop, June 2011, 87 points
Small batch this one is, so get in quick if you like the sound of it. Pale with apple, guava and sea spray aromas. Fruity and tropical but with sneaky roquette pepperiness and some lemon and lime juice. All about fruit-driven drinkability. Crisp and lively, and a wine I’d probably serve with a squid and roquette/baby spinach salad. Gatecrash a girls’ night with a bottle of this, and you’re in.
- Mike Bennie, The Wine Front, June 2011, 90 points
Brine and cucumber get a leave-you-breathless slap from lemon blossom and lemongrass aromatics. There’s a bit of a quartzy mineral hit in the bouquet too. Palate has the expected slender impact, great briny character again and a tangy, lemon/lime citrus finish that lingers with some buzzy acidity. Refreshing and squeaky clean, it’s a great drink and effortlessly simple to enjoy. A no brainer; bring on summer.