Oliver’s Taranga Mencía 2020


Mencía is a Spanish grape variety, celebrated particularly in the north west. Its affinity for a climate that is both warm, but significantly moderated by the coast, makes McLaren Vale the perfect Aussie host. 

Oliver’s Taranga Vineyard are the local pioneers of this variety, first planting it in 2011. The aromas scream ripe, juicy, red cherries, lush red rose petals and pressed violets with cinnamon and cardamom as a supporting act.

On the palate the red fruits – cherries, raspberries and red currants – offer up a sherbety tang. It’s fabulously spicy and savoury with white pepper, dried oregano and a whisper of fennel seed. Ripe tannins, medium body and crunchy, refreshing acidity offers versatility both in food pairings and company. This is the kind of wine you can put on a table full of tapas for a mixed crowd and delight everyone.

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