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Bound for South Australia – Porchetta Party @ Oliver’s Taranga

It’s been a big few weeks, what with the Vintage Festival in the Barossa Valley followed hot on its heels by the inaugural Adelaide Food and Wine Festival.  Over the coming weeks, I’ll be catching you up on my (hardly) bite sized adventures and it seems appropriate that I start with my last adventure, first… a lazy Sunday afternoon in McLaren Vale.

Oliver’s Taranga Vineyards has a lot going for it.  Some particularly tasty Cabernet Sauvignons, a regular contributor of parcels of grapes to Penfold’s Grange, a talent for marketing (the Bearded Bottle promo comes to mind) and, a love of all things Porcine.  Earlier in the year I had watched with envy as people started tweeting about the fab afternoon they were having at the Oliver’s Taranga Porchetta Party.  Imagine my delight when planning our post Barossa knee’s up to discover that they were throwing another Porchetta Party on our last day in Adelaide.   Less than 45 minutes from the CBD and we had arrived at the sunny vineyard on the edge of McLaren Vale.

Oliver’s is a family affair with Don Oliver responsible for viticulture, Margie his wife is the admin manager, daughter Brioni is the cellar door manager and niece/cousin Corrina Wright, the winemaker.  And oh, that luscious wine….the full bodied, intensely fruit driven, dark purple 2009 DJ Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon scored 94 points in Halliday and I can taste why.  Perfect for all that Porky goodness.  Below is a vignette of the afternoon. 

Now THAT’S some crackling!

Brioni holds court…

As you can see, Oliver’s are already planning their next Porchetta Party so if you’re in the region, book early and avoid disappointment.  I would suggest that the Porchetta Party is reason enough to jump on a cheap flight to Adelaide for a weekend of fun.

Oliver’s Taranga Vineyards
246 Seaview Rd
McLaren Vale  SA   5171

Cellar Door: 10 am – 4pm
7 days a week

Next Porchetta Party: 14th July 2013

2 comments… add one
  • Jan Rhoades April 17, 2013, 7:51 am

    A shame you couldn't scrape up those last three raisins or were you full?
    Thanks for sharing, it looks great. Jan

    • Fiona Bris-Vegas! April 17, 2013, 11:21 am

      They're not raisins! They're lentils. And, I'd actually eaten all of my lentils and had to pluck these 3 from the tablecloth to ensure an 'arty' photo. So glad I made the effort to hunt them down and place them so delicately as they've drawn a comment (although they are embarrassed at being known as raisins).

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