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TaLES OF TARaNGA Respect for family, history and tradition

Newsletter, Spring 2012

PORCHETtA parTY After an outstanding Porchetta Party held in July this year we thought we better throw another rustic feast for those that missed out. Along with the finest piggies from our friends at Marino Meats served and embellished with tasty treats from our favourite chef Todd Steele, it just doesn’t get any better. For the Oliver’s Taranga staff it confirmed the importance of togetherness of family and friends and inviting people to enjoy wholesome food and quality wines.

The happy snaps are from our blogger friend, We would love to see you. Where: Oliver’s Taranga, 246 Seaview Road McLaren Vale When: December 2nd 2012 Midday til 5pm Food by: Todd Steele and Marino Meats Tickets: $80 per person all inclusive Purchase: (08) 8323 8498 or on our website shop —

‘I recommend you take yours elf on an adventure outside your comfort zo ne and try on e of these every now a nd then.’



am sure some of you have tasted the infinite pleasures of McLaren Vale wines for many years, and some of you have even visited the stunning McLaren Vale region itself. You will all no doubt be aware of the fabulous McLaren Vale reds – especially the stunning Shiraz and Grenache based wines that we are most famous for. So what is this that you have been hearing about all of these new-fangled, so-called “alternative” varieties with foreign sounding names? I thought I would try and dispel some of the mystery for you, and arm you with some new found wine knowledge that will wow your friends at your next dinner party! In the early 2000’s, we started looking to Italy and Spain to learn more about their indigenous grape varieties. After in-depth research about the varieties and their place of origin, we discovered that varieties like Fiano, Vermentino and Sagrantino may well be suited to the climatic and soil conditions of McLaren Vale. Did you know that Italy itself has over 10,000 different indigenous grape varieties – some of them only confined to tiny towns and miniscule plantings?!?! The southern Italian varieties had particular interest to us, as they evolved to be tolerant of their warm and dry local Mediterranean climate – very similar to that of McLaren Vale. SAGRANTINO (pronounced SAG- GRANTEEN- OH) is a red variety that was found only in the small town of Montefalco in Umbria, Central/Southern Italy. It is a very slow growing variety that has super

Tales of Taranga, Spring 2012

intense tannins (these are the compounds that give the drying sensation in red wines), loads of colour and a beautiful floral and blueberry type aroma. If you have ever visited us in Autumn, it is very spectacular as the leaves turn a vivid fluorescent red, and the vineyard is a favourite of many photographers and artists. Sagrantino is best enjoyed with cured meats such as prosciutto, and in Montefalco it is enjoyed with Porchetta. Hence, an excuse for our Porchetta parties held at the cellar door! FIANO (pronounced FEE- ARN- OH) is a white variety that is originally found in Campania, Southern Italy. It is relatively low cropping and holds a lovely fresh natural acidity in the grape, along with beautiful pine-nutty texture through the mid-palate, and fresh kaffir lime leaf lift on the nose. This wine is also very suited to food, as its natural tannin and acidity make the mouth water in preparation for eating. Fiano is also extremely drought tolerant and, as we discovered during the heat waves of 2008 and 2009, well adapted to heat spikes. Perhaps our favourite of the ‘alternatives’, we have now replaced all of our Chardonnay with Fiano on the property. Wonderfully, it seems our customers are loving this variety as well, and we can’t keep up with demand. **NEWSFLASH – the 2012 Oliver’s Taranga Fiano just picked up 2 trophies at the McLaren Vale Wine Show** VERMENTINO (pronounced VERM- MENTEEN- OH) is a white variety with an original home in Sardinia, the island off the ‘knee’ of Italy. Vermentino shares the heat

and drought tolerance of Fiano, and has a lovely sea-breeze type aroma. These wines are perfectly light, bright, zesty and with lovely fresh natural acidity, they are a no-brainer for any type of seafood. We have enjoyed Vermentino with mussels, oysters, whitebait, garfish, whiting, squid, prawns, tommy ruffs……whatever Don can catch out in the Gulf St. Vincent off McLaren Vale! Coming soon – MENCIA (pronounced MEN-THEE-AH). We are the first in Australia to plant this red variety that has its home in the hills of Bierzo, in NorthWestern Spain. It will be a long time in the growing and then making, but watch this space……………. You will see a number of these ‘alternative’ varietal wines coming out from producers around McLaren Vale and many other wine regions. I recommend you take yourself on an adventure outside your comfort zone and try one of these every now and then – especially when sharing a meal. Don’t worry, Shiraz and Grenache will reign supreme in McLaren Vale into the future, and the styles that you know and love are not at risk. I like to think of these ‘alternative’ varieties as adding layers and richness to our wine offering, and for those who are keen to take the journey, there are many rewards to be reaped. Till next time, Cheers,



Oliver’s Taranga voted...

McLaren Vale CELlAR DOor Of THe YEaR CorRina gOes tO HarvARd Corrina is never one to miss an opportunity to improve her business leadership potential and skills. We are proud to announce that next July she is off to Harvard after being awarded $14,000 by the Industry Leader fund incorporated towards the High Potentials Leadership Program at the business school in Boston USA. It’s not every day you get to brag you are going to Harvard. Yay, for you Corrina.

One of our key focuses this year was our customer service. We have expanded our cellar door experience to offer Structured Tastings of our limited edition and museum wines, which comes with a local tasting plate. This has given our mail order visitors some special attention whilst in McLaren Vale and has serviced larger groups in a relaxed atmosphere. We are proud to announce that we received the award for the ‘Most Outstanding Cellar Door’ in the McLaren Vale region for 2012!! We are really lucky to have a great Cellar Door team.

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2012 SMALl BatCH Vermentino New Release

Overall Winner Grenache Cup 2012 McLaren Vale vs. Barossa Valley ‘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 red berry fruits, lithe tannins and deep yet elegant finish. Terrific balance here too.’ Nick Stock , The Age Good Wine Guide 2012

‘Slight lemon zest and honey aromas. Flavours are clean and crisp with some interest on the palate. There is a little more texture here compared to some other Vermentinos recently reviewed which gives it a point of difference. A point of difference I’m quite partial to be honest. Some slight spice adds another sphere of delight to another excellent release from Oliver’s Taranga. Hello prawns. Hello summer. Load up with this!’

2010 SHIRAZ WHAT THE WRITERS HAVE TO SAY... ‘Bright colour; rich, ripe and inviting with fruitcake spice and fresh blackberry on display; the palate is fresh and focused, showing warm dark chocolate character providing depth and complexity; powerful and chewy, but light on its feet to conclude.’ James Halliday 2012 Australian Wine Companion

QWine - Australian Wine Blog & Reviews August 2011

2012 SMALl BatCH FIANO ‘I’ve had the pleasure of trying at least two previous vintages of the Oliver’s Taranga Fiano and I cannot recall disliking any of them. Fiano is an Italian white grape variety that originates from the Campania region in Southern Italy. A few producers in Australia make wine with Fiano but the Oliver’s Taranga’s drop is the best I’ve had to date.’

Best White Wine (other) Trophy Winner 2012 McLaren Vale CARTeSIAN Wine Show August 2012

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Tales of Taranga, Spring 2012  

The Spring 2012 Newsletter from the team at Oliver's Taranga Vineyards.

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