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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Tarrango, red wine grape variety developed at Merbein in australia in 1965. The aim of this touriga × sultana cross was to provide a slow-ripening variety suitable for the production of light-bodied wines with low tannins and relatively high acidity. As a result, some Australian wines have been fashioned in the image of beaujolais but the variety will ripen satisfactorily only in the hot irrigated wine regions of Australia such as the riverland. Brown Brothers of Milawa have been particularly persistent with this variety, planted on almost 200 ha in Australia in the mid 2000s.