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Oliver's Taranga Vineyards

The Oliver family have been growing wine grapes in McLaren Vale for just over 170 years. For most of the Oliver’s Taranga history, the grapes from their McLaren Vale vineyards have been sold to other premium producers. This includes the unusual accolade of being a non-Barossa contributor to Penfolds Grange.

“Six generations of stubborn, competitive growers and one equally spirited winemaker- that’s the Oliver family.” While this summary gives an indication of how Oliver’s Taranga is embedded not only in the wine history of McLaren Vale, but nationally, it does not tell the story of the family’s deep engagement in wineries beyond their family business. Being a part of viticulture from the earliest days of McLaren Vale vineyards, different members of the Oliver family have also worked at other wineries, and it is many of these influences that contributed to Corinna’s engagement in the wine industry and her choice to become a winemaker.

After graduating from her winemaking degree at the University of Adelaide and earning scholarship to study at the University of California, Davis after which she remained in Sonoma to undertake a vintage with Gallo at the Dry Creek winery. Upon returning to Australia, Corrina worked at Penfolds in Nuriootpa and Lindemans in Karadoc after which she returned to the family vineyards in 2004.

This was the beginning of a career that has already made substantial impact in Australian wine. Corrina graduated from the globally recognised Len Evans Tutorial in 2005 and has earned many other leadership accolades along the way, including as a finalist in the 2018 Winemaker of the Year Awards.

Impressive as these achievements may be, it is the whole team at Oliver’s Taranga that contribute to their success, including the contributions made by previous generations. Aside from the number of wines that score 95, 96 and 97 from various judges there is a good number of less well-known varieties that are definitely worth tasting. 

The wines at Oliver’s Taranga are boutique, artisan-made and exude quality at every sip.

Winemaker

Corinna Wright, a sixth generation member of the Oliver family, launched the Oliver’s Taranga label in earnest in 2004 after earning qualifications at University of Adelaide and UC Davis (California) and undertaking vintages in Sonoma and Barossa with top labels. Recognised as a legend in the making, her creativity and passion produce remarkable wines.

Interesting Facts

The Oliver’s Taranga Vineyards were first established in 1841. It was a major break from the life that William and Elizabeth Oliver had led in the past. The moved from Scotland after having bought land they had never seen and when they arrived, changed from their past farming of livestock and orchards and somehow decided to grow grapes. The newness of that pursuit is also evident in the current generations of Oliver’s. McLaren Vale provides and excellent opportunity to explore new varieties of grapes and new approaches to making wine. As a result, they have been planting varieties such as Mencia, Vermentino, Sagrantino as well as the popular and emerging varieties of McLaren Vale.

While all wine at Oliver’s Taranga is made from their own fruit their vineyard also supplies grapes to some of the best known wineries in McLaren Vale and Barossa including d’Arenberg, Wirra Wirra, Penfolds and Seppeltsfield.

Your Tasting Options

The LWT Tasting options at Oliver’s Taranga is a guided tasting of the Icon wines. These wines range in price from an exceptional value at $30 up to the Icon M53 at $180 that is only a few points from perfection. This is tasting is sure to win your palate.

Featured Wines

  • 2017 Oliver’s Taranga Shiraz
  • 2016 HJ Reserve Shiraz
  • 2005 HJ Reserve Shiraz (Museum Release)
  • 2014 M53 Shiraz
  • 2015 DJ Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

*Note: All wines subject to availability and may be substituted if necessary.