Tasting notes: Oliver's Taranga (McLaren Vale SA) 2016

2016 Fiano and 2013 Shiraz

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Olivers Taranga Vineyards, McLaren Vale

Olivers Taranga Vineyards, McLaren Vale

The Wine Tasting Bar, Oliver's Taranga Vineyards
2013 Shiraz, Oliver's Taranga
Oliver's Taranga Winery and Vineyards
2016 Fiano, Oliver's Taranga Vineyards


Oliver's Taranga was settled by William and Elizabeth Oliver in 1841. Since then the Oliver family has evolved the business and today the fifth and sixth generations are running the vineyard with a strong sustainable philosophy and talent for creating small batch wines that truly reflect the vineyard's location.

With 100 ha of premium grapevines  on the Taranga property, the Oliver family has over 50 blocks representing different grape varieties, clones, soil types and vine ages. Here are tasting notes for their recently released Fiano and 2013 Shiraz.


Oliver's Taranga Fiano 2016

2016: The year that... we increased the harvest speed of our tractor by 1 kilometre per hour. Story continued below!

Wine and vintage: Fiano is relatively new variety to Australia, and originates from the Campania region of Italy. Fiano is super heat and drought tolerant, being able to maintain acidity in the grapes even in our hot South Australian summers.

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.

This minimal intervention fiano is made with indigenous yeast, has no added acid and is made without the use of oak.

Aroma: cloudy apple cider with ginger and nutty notes on the nose, lively grapefruit and lemon edge.

Palate: lemony zest, cashew nut and delicate honeysuckle florals. Great finish with a fresh beery character, nutty texture and grapefruit crunchy tannin to finish.

Colour: pale straw.

The year that... fifth generation Don Oliver was very excited to install a new generation picking head into our UR Machine Harvester. As a result of the new, improved system, we were able to pick approx 1km/hr faster than in previous years, without any loss in picking quality. We think he was most excited as it meant he could be tucked up in bed after a big nights pick a little earlier!

Vintage no: 14/175

Grape variety: 100% Fiano  Region: 100% McLaren Vale

Alc/vol: 12.5%

Price: A$25.00 per 750ml (direct from Oliver's Taranga)


Oliver's Taranga Shiraz 2013

The vintage: 2013 was a drought year, resulting in super low crops with fabulous intensity. Shiraz revels in tough conditions and it was in its
element. The concentration on the vine has followed through into the resultant wines.

Winemaker: Corrina Wright, 6th generation family member

Aroma: plummy fruit on the nose, backed up by generous spice, dark chocolate and toasty oak.

Palate: showing the plentiful tannins of the dry vintage, they are in perfect balance with the delicious layers of dark fruit, mocha and cocoa. This is a wine to bring to roast night at mum’s house!

Cellaring: drink now to 10 years.

What the writers have to say: From vines 7-70yo. The dense crimson-purple colour accurately semaphores a plush, rich and complex full-bodied palate that does not go over the top; dark fruits mesh perfectly with dark chocolate, the tannins plentiful, but soft and round; the balance and length can’t be faulted. A long life ahead. James Halliday, 2016 Wine Companion

Grape variety: 100% Shiraz   Region: 100% McLaren Vale, Taranga vineyard

Alc/vol: 14.5%

Price: A$30.00 per 750ml (direct from Oliver's Taranga)



  • McLaren Vale (SA)

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