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Oliver's Taranga Vineyards History
The history of Oliver's Taranga is a good one, firmly intertwined with the history of the Vale itself, with a story spanning back to 1841 when William and Elizabeth Oliver settled on land at McLaren Vale. Whitehill and Taranga farms, the names given to the northern and southern sections of this land, are located 2 km north of McLaren Vale overlooking the township. Taranga itself is a corruption of the aboriginal word Tarangk, meaning ‘the middle', a term used by the Kaurna, a local aboriginal tribe. Vineyards and orchards were planted almost immediately after settlement, alongside sheep and cattle.
Both properties are still run by fifth generation descendants of William and Elizabeth, with the Whitehill property utilized for cropping and grazing of sheep and cattle whilst Taranga, which consists of 110 hectares of land, has been planted to a swathe of different grape varieties.
Oliver's Taranga Vineyard
At it's core the Taranga farm was traditionally run as a pure grapegrowing operation, with the fruit sold off to at least ten different wineries, with the high quality grapes even deemed worthy for the inclusion in Penfolds Grange on numerous occasions. Since 1994 however, a small amount has been diverted into the Oliver's Taranga label, with sixth generation family member Corrina Wright (nee Rayment) the families first every winemaker.
The secret to the success of Oliver's Taranga is it's advanced vineyard management. Whilst gut feeling - based upon years spent in the family vineyard - is the basis for this, technology plays a big part, with radio controlled soil moisture monitoring systems used in conjunction with information gathered from our own weather station to administer the appropriate amount of water from each of the four different water sources available to us. State of the art computer controlled irrigation technology is used to administer the optimum stress levels to the vine to produce premium quality fruit. Each block is individually nurtured depending on variety, vine age, soil, location, winery requirements and the targeted bottle range.
Oliver's Taranga Wine Types
The range of wines produced reflects what is planted in the vineyard, with Shiraz a major focus, alongside a Cabernet/Shiraz, Grenache, Tempranillo, Fiano and a Viognier.
|Wine Region||McLaren Vale|
|Address||Seaview Road, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171, Australia|
|Phone||(08) 8323 8498|
2008 was a toasty year in McLaren Vale, and this HJ reserve (named after a family ancestor) is a 'show no mercy, take no prisoners' style. It flexes it's muscles through aromas of dense, dark fruits and lots of chocolate and cedary oak, whilst the...
Named after the current viticulturist, Don Oliver, This is a powerful, compact wine that has plenty of everything! Heady smells of blackberry fruit, mocha and subtle mint adorn the nose, whilst the palate is full and lush with loads of dark plum a...
This is the variety McLaren Vale is best known for, and this version from Oliver's Taranga represents the best value in the range. There's a truck load of sweet, dark, choc-coated fruit on the nose, which translates to the full, rich palate that i...