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Planted to the tranquil Shangri-La of a sun warmed slope in Yarra Valley, TarraWarra was established 1983 by the founders of the Sussan and Sportsgirl brands. Philanthropists and patrons of the arts, Mr and Mrs Besen, AO and AO respectively, took a highly aesthetic approach to the pursuit of viticulture. Healthy soils and happy fauna were the means to an end, good wine comes from a sound ecology, but great wine needs the inspiration of a holistic engagement with the arts. It is here at Healesville that habitues can savour the Sauvignon while immersing themselves amongst the work of our national masters. A costly collection of canvas by our merry Messrs Boyd and Whiteley, Drysdale, Brack and Pugh,.. Take the trek to tarrawarra»
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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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In 1839 William and Elizabeth Oliver travelled to South Australia from Berwick in Roxburghshire, Scotland eventually settling 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 is a corruption of the aboriginal word Tarangk, meaning the middle which was used by the Kaurna, a local aboriginal tribe. Sheep and cattle were raised and orchards and vineyards were planted immediately upon arrival and the family prospered. William and Elizabeth are buried in a marble crypt, with three of their ten children beside them, in the family cemetery on the northern edge of the Taranga property.

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Both properties are still run by fifth generation descendants of William and Elizabeth, with the White Hill property utilized for cropping and grazing sheep and cattle and boasting a rejuvenated stone Chaff Shed which is used as a function centre and Taranga, which consists of 110 hectares of land, being planted to many different varieties of red and white wine grapes.

The McLaren Vale wine region is fortunate in that it is bounded by the Sellicks Hill Range and the waters of Gulf St. Vincent generating temperate growing conditions required to produce top quality fruit more consistently than other regions. McLaren Vale is also located a conveniently short hop from Adelaide beside the beautiful beaches of the eastern side of Gulf St. Vincent and en route to the fabulous Fleurieu Peninsula tourist attractions. The region is relatively small with a wide variety of soils. On the Taranga property the soils are sandy loam over clay and limestone with evidence of ironstone throughout.

Along with good old gut feeling, which comes from years of knowing the vines and terroir upon which they are grown, radio controlled and computerized soil moisture monitoring systems are used in conjunction with information gathered from the winery's own weather station to administer the appropriate amount of water from each of the four different water sources available. State of the art computer controlled irrigation technology is used to administer the optimum stress levels to the vine to produce premium quality fruit.

Olivers Taranga

Each block is individually nurtured depending on variety, vine age, soil, location, winery requirements and the targetted bottle range. Grapes grown on the property are primarily supplied to up to seven different wineries, with many varieties making top wines under their labels. From 1994, some of these low yielding, high quality, old vine grapes have been processed with some outstanding results, setting the scene for Olivers winemaking ventures.

Oliver's Taranga production is increasing and the wine is currently being made at Boar's Rock by Corrina Rayment (the Oliver family's first winemaker and sixth generation family member). The family is concentrating on making red wine at present with Shiraz being made under the Taranga label, an ultra premium shiraz called the HJ Reserve being added from the 2000 vintage and a Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz made under the name of Corrinas. Oliver's winemaker Corrina Rayment was personally presented with the Winestate Wine Of the Year Award by Federal Agriculture Minister Warren Truss in 2004

Oliver's Taranga Vineyards wine is sold within Australia and exported to countries in Europe and Asia and to the USA, Canada and New Zealand. Oliver's Taranga Vineyards is currently run by Don Oliver (Owner/Viticulturist), Corrina Rayment (Winemaker), Margie Oliver (Sales/Admin Manager), Craig Deacon (Supervisor), Brioni Oliver (Marketing) and a band of many, merry, multiculturals coming and going.

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