2014

John G Brown Explorer Series Tarrango

Made from a unique Australian grape variety, Tarrango is a light-bodied red wine.

Wine Analysis
  • Alcohol: 12.5%,
  • pH: 3.49
  • Acid level: 5.8g/L

The Wine

Tarrango is a unique Australian grape variety, bred by CSIRO scientists in 1965 by crossing the Portuguese red grape variety Touriga with the versatile white grape Sultana. It was developed specifically to produce a light, fresh red wine ideal for summer drinking in the many countries with warm to hot summers. Named after the tiny township of Tarrango in the Mallee district of north-west Victoria, where it was designed to thrive, the vines bear generous crops that ripen late and maintain a fresh acidity and soft grapey flavour. *Suitable for vegans and vegetarians.

The Grape Variety

The Brown family has been making wines from Tarrango since 1980. In recent years, a small amount of fruit has been fermented by the carbonic maceration technique, as practiced in Beaujolais and other areas in southern France, where berries are allowed to ferment whole and uncrushed. This contributes added complexity and flavour to the final wine. The carbonic maceration proportion in this blend is 18%. It was then blended with other parcels and bottled. The wine finished with an alcohol of 12.5%, a pH of 3.49 and an acid level of 5.8g/L.