Small Batch Wines | 2010 Sagrantino
2010 was a spectacular year-one of the best of the decade. After a few years of heat waves and droughts, 2010 was perfect with a mild growing season, rain at all the right times and not heat shocks. The Sagrantino grape is found traditionally in the town of Montefalco in Umbria, and as such, is used to warm weather conditions. The berries have extremely thick skin, loads of rich tannins, a beautiful floral aroma and a great natural acid line. It is the second release of Oliver’s Taranga Sagrantino and we hope you enjoy it.
From the Wine Writers:
92+ points "With any luck, Sagrantino will prove to have a great future in Australia. McLaren Vale - as with so many other 'alternative varieties' - seems to be taking the bull by the horns. Argument to say that McLaren Vale is Australia's most progressive region. Hulking tannin. Rustic aroma and flavour. Tar and violets, ferrous elements and spice. Excellent intensity but if you're tannin averse - one sip of this and you'll run screaming from the room. Not sure how a wine like this will age under screwcap but it'll be fascinating to revisit it in five, or even better ten, years. Fennel aftertaste. Rugged, but fascinating, wine."
Campbell Mattinson, Dec 2010
"One of only a handful of locally grown Sagrantinos and terrific example of the grape: typically regional dark, generous black fruit framed by tight, firm, lengthy tannins. Really stylish wine."
- The Australian, Max Allen, September 2013
We know McLaren Vale for its shiraz and grenache. But could southern Italian varieties such as Sagrantino actually be better suited to the region? That's the question I have after tasting this magnificant red, with its deep soulful, dark-plum fruit and fantastic, mouth-hugging tannins. Its a wine that is extremely well suited to slow roasted shoulder of garlicky spring lamb.
- The Wine Front, 94 points, August 2013
Now we are cooking. Sagrantino is a fabulous variety and Oliver's Taranga in McLaren Vale is making some big strides with it.
Dark berries, rigid backbone of tannin, flush with fruit through the finish. Power and glory. Toasty oak completes the picture of power. Sweet-sour elements. Not one for those who don't enjoy a bit of grip in their wine. Very impressive. And it will age.