Wednesday, 13 February 2019
Oliver's Taranga Vine Dried Cabernet 2017
This is all about rack dried Cabernet added to freshly picked Cabernet in the fermenter inspired by the Italian Amarone style. As the back label suggests, not for the faint-hearted.
It's a big number and I'm going to pull out that despised aroma descriptor for some - dead ant. Aromas of stewed fruit and Christmas cake follow. Roasted peppers slide into the mix too. The mouth is heavy and rich - stewed berries, caramel plus some earthy and mushroom composty characters too. I came back to this three days later to taste again, and wow, time will be its friend. What greeted me was a more sophisticated wine. The edges have been smoothed off, the fruit gliding with more blackberry and blackcurrant leaf characters shining. A brandy warmth soothes the soul. Oh, I like thee. Lock it away in dark place and come back in a few years.
Drink 2021 to ten years+
Region: McLaren Vale
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