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Taltarni

www.taltarni.com.au

339 Taltarni Rd, Moonambel, 3478

Cellar Door: Daily (10-5)

Ph: (03) 5459 7900

Taltarni's Lala Gully and Clover Hill wines from the Northern Tasmanian region

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Taltarni is a pioneering winery in the region (photo:genxywines)

Taltarni, one of the founding wineries of the Pyrenees, was first planted with some of the classic varieties including Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Shiraz and Sauvignon Blanc.

The 1700 acre (688 hectares) property at Taltarni (named by Walter Henning), was first planted in 1969 and purchased by current owner, John Goelet (and Red Earth Nominees Pty Ltd) shortly thereafter in 1972.

The original 60 acres (24 hectares) of vines at Taltarni were developed by David Hohnen, who later went on to found Cape Mentelle in Margaret River.

In 1976 he handed the reins to Dominique Portet, whose brother, Bernard helped find the vineyard on behalf of John Goelet. Bernard ran John's Napa Valley vineyard, Clos du Val. The dedication and energy of this team carved Taltarni's early growth and national success. There are now 326 acres under vine, with additional plantings of Chardonnay, Malbec and most recently, Sangiovese.

Taltarni's reputation was originally founded on robust red wines. Time, evolving winemaking techniques and changing consumer demands have seen these wines develop into more contemporary styles, crafted to be approachable when young, while retaining a structure and balance that rewards cellaring.

Twenty years after Taltarni's conception, they crossed Bass Strait where, after a further two year search, they purchased and established a second Clover Hill Vineyard in north-east Tasmania. Near Lebrina, this 163 acre (66 hectare) property with a vista over the Bass Strait, has been tailored especially for sparkling wine production.

More recently, in 1998, Taltarni's third vineyard was purchased, Lalla Gully, just a few minutes drive from Clover Hill. Lalla Gully is a speciality vineyard growing cool climate Riesling, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Meunier.

Dominique Portet has left to concentrate on his own winery in the Yarra Valley. Loic Le Calvez leads the new wine-making team.

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Taltarni cellar door (photo:genxywines)
Tasting Notes

There are three types of Tasting notes:

(W) Notes from the winery (blurbs from bottle)

(GXY) Notes from a GenXY wine reviewer

(G) Notes from GenXY's Tasting events (collective opinions)

New reviews

Taltarni Old Vine Shiraz  2014

Purchased: Not ($45)

Drink: 2032

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2016, the vines date back to the early 1970s, whole bunch ferment, aromatic. leafy and rich mulberry plum and redcurrant with white pepper, herb and game complexity and a touch of blackberry, linear with dusty tannins and good persistence, has the regional gum leaf/mint, spicy French oak finish (****1/2)

Taltarni Fume Blanc 2015

Purchased: Not ($26)

Drink:  2018

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2016, mix of Pyrenees and Tasmanian fruit, fermented on French oak, creamy and intense white peach, brown lime, honeydew melon and a hint of pineapple and snow pea, creamy and herbal notes, well judged citric acid finish with retrained oak spice (****1/2)

Taltarni Cuvee Rose 2011

Purchased: Not ($26)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2016, multi-regional,Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meaner,  benefitted from the cold vintage, 4 years on lees,  partial malo, perfumed strawberry, cut hay and white peach with nut and autolytic toasted bread notes, dry and creamy with a tingly and vibrant citric acid finish, persistent bead (****)  

Taltarni Blanc de Blanc 2012

Purchased: Not ($26)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2016, mainly Pyrennees Chardonnay with some input from Adelaide Hills and Tasmania,straw-yellow colour, white peach, lemon rind and apple cider with touch of brioche, talcy texture with a focussed grapefruit acid finish (***1/2)

Taltarni Brut 2011

Purchased: Not ($26)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2016, multi-regional entry style, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay with a touch of Pinot Meaner, brightly flavoured white peach, strawberry with a hint of honeysuckle, some nut and toasted bread lees notes, linear with well integrated dosage and racy grapefruit acidity (***1/2)

Taltarni Cabernet Merlot Petit Verdot 2013

Purchased: Not ($26)

Drink: 2020

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2016, floral and juicy black cherry, stewed plum and mulberry with bright violets, aniseed and white pepper notes, medium bodied with a streak of graphite minerality. powdery tannins and mocha/chary French oak (***1/2)

Taltarni Merlot Rose 2014

Purchased: Not ($)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2016, floral, dry and savoury, creamy blood orange and plum with a touch of garden herbs, some mid-palate lessens and a crisp citric finish (***/1/2)

Taltarni Estate Shiraz 2013

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2025

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2015, perfumed and deep set blackberry, blueberry and redcurrant with white pepper and gum leaf notes, medium-full boded with some savoury meat complexity and graphite mineral complexity that builds down the palate, chewy but fine grained tannin, spicy oak brings some dark chocolate to the finish (****)   

Taltarni Brut Tache 2009 /p>

Purchased: Not($27)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2012, light salmon pink colour, creamy strawberry and baked apple with some toasty, mealy lees complexity, nougat and a whiff of nutmeg, fairly broad although the light dosage is well controlled (***)

Taltarni Reserve Shiraz Cabernet 2004

Purchased: Not ($65)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Apr 2011, blend of 72% Shiraz and 28% from a mild vintage, perfumed and mellow blueberry and blackberry with violet and mint notes, the medium-full bodied palate is infused with mocha/cedar/vanilla and oak spices and some char, has a choc-mint finish and persistent rounding dusty tannins (****)

Taltarni Pyrenees Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

Purchased: Not ($36)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: Apr 2011, there is a 5% Petit Verdot input to add palate depth, ripe plum and blackcurrant with mint and violet notes, medium-full bodied palate is earthy with some mid-palate spice, chewy, drying tannins run through the bach half of the palate, the 24 months in French oak brings mocha/vanilla/clove to the finish but not too overt (***1/2)

Taltarni Shiraz Mourvedre Grenache 2005

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: Apr 2011, a rare Victorian example of this blend, the proportions are about 60% Shiraz, 30% Mourvedre and 10% Grenache, medium bodied, quite dry, firm, demure and earthy with blackberry and dark plum, more savoury than spicy apart from the mid-palate, fine and rounding savoury tannins, not enough life for me, may have been better when fresher (***)

Taltarni Pyrenees Shiraz 2007

Purchased: Not ($36)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: July 2010, rather ripe blackberry and mulberry with leather and eucalypt notes, spicy, meaty and tarry palate with some attractive minerality and chewy but pliant tannins, the spicy French oak also brings a touch of chocolate to the finish (***1/2)

Taltarni Three Monks Fume Blanc 2008

Purchased: Not ($24)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: July 2010, this oaked Sauvignon Blanc is a mixture of Pyrenees and Tasmanian fruit, spicy nose but soft and delicate texture on the palate, lemon sherbert, passionfruit, honey dew melon and cut grass with gentle citrus acids and restrained oak (***)

Taltarni Sangiovese 2008

Purchased: Cellar Door ($20)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: July 2010, bright and spicy plum and mulberry with tobacco leaf notes, the medium bodied palate becomes earthy and finished with fine savoury tannins, restrained oak (***)

Taltarni Brut 2007

Purchased: Not ($24)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2008, sparkling from Pinot Noir/ Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier from both the Pyrenees and Tasmania, residual lemon sherbert, white peach and stonefruit, yeasty with a touch of nougat and beeswax, fine mousse and bead, lingering minerally finish (****)

Taltarni Reserve Shiraz Cabernet 2004

Purchased: Not ($65)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2008, quite full bodied showing a cascade of dark fruits including blackberry, blackcurrant and dark plums with cinnamon and pepper notes, juicy mid-palate is glycerolly with chalky underlying minerality, tannins are a bit raw and bony at the moment, the handsome oaking brings chocolate, coffee, vanilla and clove notes (****)

Taltarni Pyrenees Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting:Nov 2008, vibrant blackberry and blackcurrant with violet and eucalypt notes, medium bodied with chalky texture, quite cedary with mocha and char notes from the 17 months in French oak, fine savoury tannins providing the contrast, good length (****)

Taltarni Pyrenees Sangiovese 2006

Purchased: Not ($23)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2008, tangy core of sour cherry and redcurrant, medium-bodied, food friendly and savoury with discrete coffee-cedar oak, fine tannins (***1/2)

Taltarni Three Monks Fume Blanc 2007

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2008, sourced from Pyrenees and Tasmanian vineyards, oaked for six months, gently textured, lemon sherbert, honeydew melon, cut grass and tropical fruit, balanced and persistent with light toasty vanilla oak and a touch of lemon citrus acids on the finish (***1/2)

Taltarni Sauvignon Blanc 2007

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2008, focussed and clean style showing gooseberry, passionfruit, melon and tropical fruit, grassy without getting too herbaceous, grapefruit and orange rind notes on the finish, just needs more intensity (***1/2)

Taltarni Pyrenees Cabernet Sauvignon 1997

Purchased: Baron Cellars, Melb CBD, ($30)

Drink: 2007

(GXY) Tasting: May 2007, some slight oxidation that blew off with decanting, smooth and medium bodied with blackberry and secondary caramel nuances of a 10 year old wine, some mint and a faint hint of tobacco, tannins and acids were rounded and a probably a bit past their best, light cedar vanilla oak presence (***)

Taltarni Cephas 2001

Purchased: Not ($45)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2006, Shiraz Cabernet blend, complex array of rich red and black fruits, bacon and cedar oak notes are evident, long finishing with subtle eucalypt, smooth palate apart from the elevated acidity, firm tannins should allow this one to round out with five or six years cellaring (****)

Taltarni Sauvignon Blanc 2005

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2007

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2006, intense gooseberry and passionfruit, zesty lemon acid finish with some mineral backbone (***1/2)

Taltarni Brut Tache 2004

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2008

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2006, sparkling, fragrant strawberry and dark cherry aromas complemented with nutty hints, light bubbly, clean finish (***)

Taltarni Three Monks 2003

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2006, Cabernet Merlot, ripe plum and red cherry nose with nutmeg notes, light to medium bodied palate shows subtle cedar American oaking, fruit showing some of the jamminess and loss of definition and from the drought stress of the 2003 vintage (***)

Taltrani Pyrenees Shiraz 2002

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink: 2007

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2006, diverse blueberry, redcurrant and prune aromas abound along with leafy notes, savoury palate is well integrated with the smooth vanilla oak but the fruit is lacking in intensity, drink it now (***)

Taltarni Pyrenees Cabernet Sauvignon 2001

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2006, lively blackcurrant and raspberry nose, palate shows meaty and stewed character with some green bitterness on the finish, smoky vanilla oak (**1/2)