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Brown Brothers Tarrango

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Cracka Review

The 2008 Tarrango is a strawberry magenta colour with lifted aromas of raspberries, cherries and a hint of spice. Tarrango is a light-bodied red wine that should be served slightly chilled.

It is a refreshing wine, characterised by aromas and flavours reminiscent of red berries and a delicate dry finish. With a juicy mouth-feel, the Tarrango is a delicious and versatile alternative that is best enjoyed young and fresh.

Winemaker's Notes

The 2008 Tarrango is a strawberry magenta colour with lifted aromas of raspberries, cherries and a hint of spice. Tarrango is a light-bodied red wine that should be served slightly chilled.

It is a refreshing wine, characterised by aromas and flavours reminiscent of red berries and a delicate dry finish. With a juicy mouth-feel, the Tarrango is a delicious and versatile alternative that is best enjoyed young and fresh.

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Brown Brothers Tarrango

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Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2008 Vintage) says
Theres only one tarrango, which is amazing given that it's one of Australia's biggest selling reds in the UK market -you'd think someone else would plant it too. But then, not too many producers think as clearly as Brown Brothers. Quirky wine. Lots of strawberried flavour and, while there's rose-like sweetness, it finishes dry, pure and clean. Mid-palate lightness and enough sweetness to carry the wine - but then it finishes dry. A wine that you can serve chilled - and, unusually, a red wine that can be consumed alongside Asian food: would go great with spicy Thai noodles or chilli crab.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
88
Peter Forrestal (2008 Vintage) says
Over the years, this hybrid variety produced by the CSIRO to suit the conditions of Australia's warmer regions has been a great favourite of Quaffs. This is looking better than it has for a few years: soft, round and juicy with clean, ripe, gently macerated red cherry flavours. Sweet, easy drinking
Quaff 2010 2009
Peter Forrestal (2007 Vintage) says
This is a hybrid variety specially developed by the CSIRO to suit Australia's warm dry climate and it's a huge seller for Brown Brothers because of its appealing style. In 2007 it is light-bodied soft, round, has decent red berry flavours and is very easy to drink because of its mild tannins.
Quaff 2009 2008
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
86
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
83
Max Allen & Peter Forrestal (2003 Vintage) says
This wine has been a hit with Quaff readers for four consecutive vintages and has been made by the Milawa-based Brown Brothers since 1980. The grape variety was developed by the CSIRO at Merbein especially for vineyards in warm to hot climates such as those found along the Murray River. Tarrango is a cross between the Portuguese red variety, touriga (used to make port) and the versatile, high-yielding and undistinguished white grape, sultana. The 2003 Tarrango is typically light red in colour, light in body with sweet red cherry, redcurrant and strawberry flavours. Its sweetness is balanced by a cleansing acidity. Brown Brothers suggests that it could be consumed with pizza topped with goat's cheese, roma tomatoes and capsicum or a nice fresh bruschetta: we wouldn't quarrel with that.
Quaff 2004 2003
Max Allen & Peter Forrestal (2000 Vintage) says
Tarrango is a grape variety proudly developed by Australia's own CSIRO specifically to make light red wine under local conditions, and its commercial production is pretty much limited to Brown Brothers in north-east Victoria. This couldn't be any further from the Mirrool Creek Durif in style—it's pale-looking, light scarlet in colour, has gentle smells of summer strawberries and is delicate, juicy, lively and very light in the mouth. Drink very young, perhaps chilled like a rose, during summer.
Quaff 2001 2000

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