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Coonawarra graziers have access to the finest soils for viticulture. Doug Balnaves was born in the very heart of Coonawarra, quite near the sacred cricket pitch at Penola. An accomplished herdsman and shearer, Balnaves took up the challenge of planting vineyards in 1971. Working under the tutelage of legendary Coonawarra winemaker Bill Redman, Balnaves immersed himself in the culture of the vine, ultimately establishing a grande marque of Coonawarra and securing the inaugural presidency of the Coonawarra Vignerons Association. He remains a lifelong member of the Penola Pipe Band. For those who like their wines structured yet satin, powerful yet prettily perfumed, in the mouthfillingly muscular.. The old sheep shearer's shanty»
Rolf Binder is one of the Barossa's quiet achieving superstars, recipient of the most conspicuous national accolades, Barossa Winemaker of Year and Best Small Producer, Best Barossa Shiraz Trophy and coveted listing in the illustrious Langtons Classification of Australian Wine. Binder's focus has always been on old vines fruit, in particular, the abstruse canon of early settler varietals which populated Barossa Valley during the 1840s. Wild bush vines Mataro, picked off patches at Tanunda along Langmeil Road, ancient growths of Grenache from Gomersal and Light Pass. Rolf's tour de force are eight superlative rows of Shiraz, established 1972 by the Binders junior and senior, which yield a mere 250 dozen.. Seven decades of tillage at tanunda»
Airline pilots make surprisingly good wine. Their appreciation of the sciences, a respect for the weather and a bird's eye view of the land, all invaluable to the winemaker's art. John Ellis would take every opportune weekend away from his regular New York Paris route, to pursue a passion for viticulture. He planted the first commercial Cabernet Merlot vines in the Hamptons and found time between trans atlantic flights to work vintages amongst the Grand Cru vineyards of La Bourgogne. Ellis ultimately made the great lifelong sea change in favour of our land downunder. He settled on a farmstead outside Leongatha, amongst the slow ripening pastures of Gippsland and established a vineyard called Bellvale... Placing pinot amongst the pastures»

Olivers Taranga Shiraz CONFIRM VINTAGE

Shiraz McLaren Vale South Australia
Established 1841, the McLaren Vale Taranga vineyards are still owned by the founding Oliver family. Even more remarkably, Taranga wines are today crafted by a sixth generation of the original winemaker. For most of the twentieth century, Oliver Taranga sold their precious yields to other wineries, much of it was destined for the nation's most esteemed labels and memorable flagship vintages. Since 1994, the Olivers have been reserving the pick of their low yielding, old vine grapes for bottling under the Oliver Taranga label.
Available in cartons of six
Case of 6
$185.50
Taranga was the name given to the southern section of the Oliver property in 1841. Sheep and cattle were raised, perfect for viticulture, vineyards were planted and the family prospered. Generations later, Don Oliver sold fruit to Penfolds, where it became one of the primary components to the mighty Grange. Oliver has since taken up the task of processing the pick of his own crop. Produced from vines up to fifty years of age, cropped at three tons of fruit per acre, aged in a mixture of seasoned and new French and American oak barrels for two years. Winemaker Corrina Rayment is McLaren Vale dynasty, daughter of Colin Rayment from the neighbouring heritage Kay Brothers Amery vineyards.
Deep, dark maroon in colour. Big powerful mocha, coffee, dark chocolate and spice aromas, rich and briary with vanilla and plum. Dark fruits and cherries on the front palate, long grained tannins and great length. A terrific richness, abundant blackberry, pepper and sweet earthy notions, low acidity and a mature, complex finish.
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