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A different wine: 2016 Methode Traditionelle Fiano

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2016 Fiano, Oliver's Taranga Vineyards

2016 Fiano, Oliver's Taranga Vineyards [©Olivers Taranga]

Oliver's Taranga in McLaren Vale
Vaughan Cooke, Grower Liaison from Treasury Wine Estates & Don Oliver of Oliver's Taranga
Oliver's Taranga Winery and Vineyards
The Wine Tasting Bar, Oliver's Taranga Vineyards


South Australia's Fleurieu Peninsula is home to Oliver's Taranga, a family-owned vineyard and winery with over 170 years history.  From their 300 acres of grapevines, premium McLaren Vale wine is hand crafted by the fourth generation.

Alongside the classics like shiraz and cabernet sit alternatives like grenache, moscato, vermentino and fiano and it was the latter chosen to sate winemaker Corrina Wright's dream to make a sparkling wine, Methode Traditionelle.

Once the contents of the bottle were determined, sisters Corrina and Brioni decided to honour the famiy's matriach, with the wine and thus The Hunt for Mrs Oliver became a reality. 



The 2016 The Hunt for Mrs Oliver is the winery's first sparkling release in their 175+ year history. Winemaker Corrina has long been enamoured by Champagne, so decided to try her hand at making a traditional method sparkling from Fiano grown on the Taranga vineyard.

Methode Traditionelle means that the wine is bottle fermented, so that the bubbles are all created by yeast in the bottle during a secondary fermentation. For this Corrina worked with renowned SA sparkling winemaker, Kate Laurie from Deviation Road Wines.

Fiano is not a traditional sparkling variety, but it has a very high natural acidity which is key for sparkling winemaking.

This wine was handmade in very small quantities and the familiy hopes you enjoy sharing with your friends as much as they did making it (and sharing within their family too!)


Tasting notes:

The Hunt for Mrs Oliver is a bright, light straw colour and has aromas of lemongrass, cut ruby grapefruit, buttered pine nut, toast, chalky powder note, mangosteen / lychee.

On the palate you'll find a nutty lemon tang, fine bead, lemon meringue, chevre, fresh struck match, round with a savoury finish.

Cellaring:1-5 years (if you can hide it!)

Alc/vol: 12%

RRP A$48 per bottle, direct from winery.


The family writes about Marjorie Oliver:

Marjorie Oliver (nee Hunt) is our grandmother and family matriarch.

This wine was inspired by her amazing ability to make us all feel so loved. She kept us fed, looked after us when sick, never forgets the hot water bottle, irons our undies, mends and knits us socks, collects flowers and feathers, and is forever writing us little notes cut out of the back of old envelopes with pinking shears.

Every time we pop a bottle, we celebrate everything she is.


And where is this Mrs Oliver?

Weaving along the garden path, the hunt is always on.  Lost in the flora you may find her, in-between the offbeat pots.  Tending to everything from topiary to mowing the front lawn; the search can be a long one, under the beating Fleurieu sun.  But you can rest assured, she will always leave small clues; scribbled on cut-up envelope, even hidden in your food.  When you finally find her, there will be a sweet reward; for Marjorie is a flower – a crown our family proudly adorns.


  • McLaren Vale (SA)

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