Deep red-purple; an outstanding wine with an abundance of rich, ripe, dark cherry and plum fruit, with great depth and structure to an outstanding palate. Certainly, oak plays a role, but it is both balanced and integrated. Placed first in the 2001 Great Australian Shiraz Challenge. 96 points, Wine Companion.
The Clare ValleyThe Clare Valley is located two hours north of Adelaide in the Mount Lofty ranges. The region was settled by John Horrocks who encouraged his servant James Green to plant the first vines in 1842. Climate in the Clare Valley is continental with hot summers, cold winters and low rainfall that necessitates supplementary irrigation. Soils in the valley are predominantly red brown loams over shale, permitting excellent drainage. Many of the best vineyards are located at higher elevations of 400-500m on sites that take advantage of the cool breezes that funnel up the corrugation of hills from the south. The Clare Valley is renowned for its zesty fruit-pure Rieslings particularly from the sub-regions of Polish Hill and Watervale. The region also produces intense age-worthy sturdy reds from Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz.
Taylors was established in 1969, three generations ago when Bill Taylor senior and his sons found a site on the Wakefield River in the Clare Valley. The site was 178 hectares on famed terra rossa, red brown loam over limestone soil, perfect for Cabernet Sauvignon, combined with the Clare Valley climate of warm days and cool nights, creating precision and structure in their wines. Taylors are part of Australia’s First Families of Wine, twelve Australian winemaking families that represent the legacy that shaped the foundations of the Australian wine industry. Five different selections in their range, Promised Land, Eighty Acres (carbon emissions are offset), Taylors Estate, TWP (Taylors Winemakers Project), Jaraman, St Andrews, their benchmark wine. Most classic varieties are represented in the Taylors range, including the lesser-known varietals of Vermentino and Tempranillo, their reputation being quality driven wines representing all price points.