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2012 Taylors Clare Valley The Visionary Cabernet Sauvignon

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Winemaker's Notes

Vintage Conditions: Growing conditions leading up to vintage 2012 were quite mild, with regular spring rains promoting excellent vine canopy growth. Budburst was 10 days earlier than 'average', and this early start flowed through until harvest time with most varieties harvested 1-2 weeks earlier than in a 'typical' year. Harvest conditions were excellent with only one substantial rain event. Whilst it happened after most whites were picked, it had a positive effect on the red varieties, freshening them up, particularly the dry-grown blocks. Ideal ripening & flavour development conditions persisted to late April when most of harvest was complete. Overall, yields were lower than long-term averages but the winemakers reported that quality was outstanding across all varieties, with intense colour & excellent flavour development.

Vinification: Fruit from each of these 6 exceptional vineyard blocks was carefully harvested at the point of optimal structure and flavour development between late February & March 2012. After the short 10 minute tractor journey to the winery, each parcel was de-stemmed and transferred directly to separate potter fermenters. Each parcel was fermented at 24-26°C over a period of 5-7 days using the FX10 Cabernet Sauvignon yeast. The A70 parcel was left on skins for almost a month prior to pressing to extract additional tannin complexity from this individual component.

Colour: The wine displays a pristine clarity and brilliance in the glass with excellent deep ruby hue and a deep, dark core.

Nose: Its nose is perfumed and concentrated with great focus and balance between exuberant fresh vinosity and fine-grain oak that closes around the youthful bouquet and keeps it in check.

Palate: The wine is beautiful now in the mouth, with classic savoury tannins, an explosive core of generously proportioned cassis and dark fruits at its heart. Finely stated oak tannins and vinous richness intertwine perfectly on the palate and lead to a thoroughly satisfying, elegant and tightly-defined finish, full of great promise for an extended and highly rewarding maturation in the cellar.

Cellaring Notes: Up to 20 years from vintage.

Alc/vol: 14.1%

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2012 Taylors Clare Valley The Visionary Cabernet Sauvignon

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James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
Front and back label extended panegyric 'Bill Taylor'. It strongly suggests extended maturation in new French oak, possibly the conclusion of fermentation in that oak. The structure and balance of the wine is very different to that of St Andrews, and it will be open for business sooner.
Drink by 2032
Campbell Mattinson (2012 Vintage) says
This is a well-structured, medium-weight Clare Cabernet. It’s destined to cellar well. It tastes of dark olive, mint, dust and leathery blackberry. Creamy oak is well integrated but flashily applied. It’s firm and sure; it will hold and mature over a couple of decades as a minimum.
2019 - 2039
Huon Hooke (2012 Vintage) says
Deep red colour with traces of brick-red as well as purple. The dominant aroma is of toasty, smoky oak, with associated vanilla and chocolate nuances. A trace of mint. The wine is full-bodied and rich, smooth-textured as velvet and quite deep. The Cabernet identity is secondary to the oak and barrel-matured characters. The tannins are mouth-coating and soft. Full-bodied but not massive. An oak-driven style which needs time to realise its full potential.
2021 - 2037
Bob Campbell MW (2012 Vintage) says
This is the third vintage of this 'Exceptional Parcel Release' label. It's a very dense, almost chewy Cabernet Sauvignon, with ripe berry flavours and a solid influence of spicy oak character. Firmly structured red with obvious cellaring potential, although the tannins rather lock in some of the flavour at this relatively early stage. I've awarded a conservative score while acknowledging the wines potential to grow.
2015 - 2030
Jeremy Oliver (2012 Vintage) says
Firm, deeply flavoured and densely packed, with a minty bouquet of cassis, dark olives and blood plums tightly knit with fresh cedar/chocolate oak and revealing meaty, herbal undertones. It’s sumptuous and deeply ripened, with a long, smooth and seamless palate whose faintly raisined, meaty plum-like flavours and polished oak are framed by a firm, drying tannins. It lacks great balance and integration but should age well.
2024 - 2032
Raymond Chan (2012 Vintage) says
Very dark, black-red with youthful purple hues. The nose features rich and ripe aromas of blackcurrants and cassis, the aromatics intense, refined and lifted with mint elements. This has beautiful clarity and purity of expression, the fruit quite ethereal, but none the less penetrating. Medium-full bodied, the palate is beautiful and elegant in proportion, with concentrated and lusciously rich flavours of blackcurrant essence and cassis liqueur. Layers of mint and aromatic herbs unfold, along with fine leaf and eucalypt nuances. The fruit precision is matched by its finesse and refinement. Very fine-grained, powdery tannin extraction supports the fruit, the wine possessing a tightly bound core. The wine flows smoothly and seamlessly, growing in intensity and depth, carrying through to a very long, lingering finish of finesse. This is a refined, seamless Cabernet Sauvignon of great softness, clarity and purity, yet great depth. Match with roast lamb and beef over the next 15+ years.
Angus Hughson (2012 Vintage) says
Bright, powerful and deep leafy cassis and blackberry fruits with sweet new French oak in tow. A very deep, brooding and masculine style in the mouth with lush fruit of significant power, chewy tannins plus a long and mouth filling finish.

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