|Wine Maker||Corrina Wright|
Hello once again wine lovers. It has been a while between drinks. However, other commitments have kept me preoccupied over the short course. I am glad to announce I’m back with yet another review.
Tonight I bring you a Shiraz out of McLaren Vale produced by one of the oldest family ran vineyards in the region, Oliver’s Taranga, founded in 1841, this winery is now onto its 6th Generation Winemaker, Corrina Wright.
Tonight’s wine is sourced from vineyards aged between 7 and up to 70 years’ old.
Colour: Deep earthy maroon, with a scarlet hue.
Aroma: Blackberry, mixed black fruits, raisin, fruitcake, coffee beans, dark chocolate, toffee. A bold Shiraz from the aroma profile, and plenty of oak influences to back this wine up.
Palate: A medium to full bodied wine. Raisin and toasted oak present up front, working with underlying flavours of burnt fig, blackberry and aniseed spice. Mocha, comes into play over the finish of this wine as nuances of dark chocolate and coffee jostle for position, on what is quite a lengthy finish. Surprisingly, this wine with such a major oak influence does not seem overly tannic, nor gritty. This is also not a conventional McLaren Vale Shiraz. However, it has a seamless character that is unique to itself and whilst it might not be what one expects from the region, it is a wine that is notable and individualistic to this winery.
Personal Thoughts: I think there is a little too much oak influence put behind this wine, the fruit whilst matches up to the oak presence really never gets to play along with the oak driven characters of this wine and are rather sedated. This wine is however bold and has a great power and presence, yet I feel that with time away some of the grand oak characters will settle down, and a bit more of the fruit behind the wine will eventually start to come out. Maybe something to consider popping away for a little longer. If you are looking for something a little different to the norm, this wine has its own characteristics and personality which you won’t find elsewhere in this region. When I worked through their range this wine was the one that stood out as uniquely different to all the rest.
Drink: 2017 to 2036
The SA Wine Guy