Small Batch Wines  |  2016 Vermentino

Tasting Notes:

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, South Australian seafood!

Our 2016 vintage had a very dry and warm lead up, but a lovely rain in early February and the following cool spell allowed the grapes to ripen perfectly.

From the Wine Writers:

The Mediterranean/Italian native is one of the hottest new varieties going here, and this fresh-out-of-the-blocks beauty kicks off with amazing prettiness, exotic Asian-herb-like lifts and quite clear seashell sensories that carry right through into the palate.  The fruit feel is like lemon and grapefruit sherbet, but it's seaside notes that are the attraction as you sip - actually it's hard to sip, it's downright gluggable. retaining it's spicy, florals till the bottle has emptied.  Recommended with Sashimi.

Tony's Loves Top 100 Wines 2016


Awards & Accolades:

 Olivers Taranga Vineyards Small Batch Vermentino 2016

Crisp and lively, with a sea breeze freshness embedded in the lemony fruit and hints of filo pastry.

Rating 90 James Halliday Wine Companion 2018 edition

Winsor's Choice: Oliver's Taranga 2016 Vermentino 

The 2016 vintage was remarkable at Oliver's Taranga in McLaren Vale because it was the year Rosemary the sheep had triplets. It was also the year that sixth-generation vigneron Corrina Wright absolutely nailed all three of her wines made from "new" varieties; Fiano, Vermentino and a Rosé made from the Spanish grape Mencia. It has generally be thought that fiano is superior to Vermentino on this terroir, but 2016 was the vintage Vermentino shone. This is fresh, vibrant and crisp with citrus and faint Asian herb notes. Worth putting away until the warmer months when it will star alongside King George whiting or any seafood or poultry dishes with a hint of spice. Dangerously drinkable. $25.  

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    Growing Region

    McLaren Vale


    Light straw


    Aromas of sea spray, oyster shell, seaside herb, lemongrass, ginger beer and fresh cut lime.


    Light, fresh and dry on the palate, with delicious texture. Plenty of sea spray and grapefruit pith, super refreshing and perfect with Kingfish sashimi.




    Corrina Wright

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