Oliver’s Taranga RW Grenache 2021

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Built for a marathon with a measured and balanced approach. Speed is not an option here. Neither is the historic McLaren Vale predilection for heavy oak and full-throttle power which has traditionally driven the region’s style of grenache. The RW grenache – named in honour of Robert William Oliver, third generation owner – embraces a different iteration, at times savoury, at times full of spice, with an almost embarrassment of rich fruit and oak-derived flavours.

Blackberry, chocolate, anise, earth and leather introduce the wine – a mix of fruit, spice and oak – which remains true when tasted. Full-bodied to be sure, but there is no jamminess allowed thanks to the role of clean, savoury tannins. These will come in handy for the long future predicted for this wine. Charry oak is just a little heavy from the middle palate to the finish, but the overall effect is true to the new school of grenache emanating from this part of the wine world.