In 1839 William and Elizabeth Oliver travelled to South Australia from Scotland and eventually settled in 1841 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. Both properties are still run by fifth generation descendants of William and Elizabeth and are planted to many different varieties of red and white wine grapes.
A dark and juicy array of rich plums and blackberries with ample spice and earthy richness. The palate really fills out smoothly and delivers spiced chocolate at the finish. Lovely texture. Drink now. Rating: 92 Points; James Suckling
A reliably good expression of McLaren Vale shiraz. It’s balanced. It’s hearty. It’s fresh. Nice combination. Plum, chocolate, licorice and citrus flavours pour through the palate. Perhaps some redcurrant or red licorice too. In essence it’s McLaren Vale shiraz to a tee, chocolate/caramel/coffee notes and all. Tasted: Mar 19; Alcohol: 14.5%; Price: $30; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2019-2031; Rated: 93 Points; Campbell Mattinson; The Wine Front
From 10 multi-clone estate blocks 8-70yo, the old vines hand-picked, the younger vines machine-harvested and berry sorted, wild yeast-open fermented separately, matured in French (70%) and American (30%) hogsheads. Wow. A mouthful. Happily, so is the wine. Rich and layered, indeed voluptuous, and true to McLaren Vale. Drink to: 2041; Price: $30.00; Date Tasted: Aug 2019; Alcohol: 14.5%; Rating: 95 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday Wine Companion
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