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 meld of 8yo machine-picked vines and 70yo hand-picked vines. Fully destemmed and wild-yeast fermented with ample whole berries in the mix. No sulfur addition. A pulpy, full-weighted wine, soft enough for imminent pleasure. Violet scents lilt toward a suite of black cherry, boysenberry, Asian spice and iodine flavours. The oak (20% new, French/American) imparts a mocha/coffee/cedar twang to the finish. Drink to: 2022; Price: $30.00; Date Tasted: Oct 2020; Alcohol: 14.5%; Rating: 91 Points; Ned Goodwin MW; James Halliday Wine Companion
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