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2013 Taylors St Andrews Cabernet Sauvignon

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The flagship is the St Andrews and the quality of this wine is unbelievably good. This is utterly varietal Cabernet that captivates with intense cassis, chocolate and cedary oak before a concentrated palate of blackcurrant fruit. This is polished and poised with superb tannin weight and structure. It’s built to last and will reward those who wait.

Winemaker's Notes

Complex and elegant, offering rich fruit characters of cassis and blackcurrant with earthy nuances. French oak giving hints of cedar and tobacco to finish.

Colour: At release, the wine is a deep, dark garnet colour with a subtle purple hue to the edge

Aroma / Bouquet: The wine has an enticing, lifted bouquet of violets, blackcurrants, blackberry and a hint of chocolate. The overall aroma is one of understated richness and elegance

Palate: On the palate it is a very well-balanced wine with ripe black fruit characters, coffee and chocolate interweaving harmoniously. There is an understated power to the wine, with layers of complexity building across the palate and then finishing elegantly with long, fine tannins. It is a generous wine yet retains poise and the elegance of great Cabernet Sauvignon

Cellaring notes: This wine is evolving well at release yet should cellar well to 2028 or possibly longer

Alc/vol: 14.69%

expert reviews about

2013 Taylors St Andrews Cabernet Sauvignon

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Bright, full purple-crimson; the bouquet is fragrant, the medium-bodied palate with good varietal expression courtesy of redcurrant and cassis; excellently balanced and integrated tannins follow on the back-palate, French oak in its due place.
To 2025
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
94
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Deep colour; a complex and layered wine with pure cassis, violets and cedar on display; the palate is generous on the one hand, yet fine-boned and almost lacy on the other; very long and destined for a long life.
To 2025
Australian Wine Companion 2013
95
Rob Geddes MW (2009 Vintage) says
Refined ripe and elegant with good varietal character and structure starting out blackcurrant and black cherry cabernet with a savoury streak and long on structure with good concentration of varietal flavours and oak.
2025
Rob Geddes MW
94
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Good colour; a very well made and balanced wine that has clear-cut varietal expression on both bouquet and the medium-bodied palate,blackcurrant, cassis and cedar intermingling, the tannins fine and oak balanced and integrated.
To 2026
Australian Wine Companion 2011
95
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
A sumptuous, densely packed and slightly old-fashioned cellar style whose slightly meaty, gamey aromas of dark plums and berries are backed by smoky cedar/vanilla oak and minty nuances of menthol. Saturated with deeply ripened flavours of cassis, dark berries and plums, it's long, firm and drying, tightly knit with assertive new mocha oak and with an intense enough core of fruit to handle the long
The Australian Wine Annual
93
Rob Geddes MW (2006 Vintage) says
Refined ripe and elegant with good varietal character and structure starting out blackcurrant and black cherry cabernet with a savoury streak and long on structure with good concentration of varietal flavours and oak.
2028
Rob Geddes MW
94
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Strong colour; a powerful, medium- to full-bodied cabernet with the savoury earthy notes typical of Clare, and enough blackcurrant fruit and cedary French oak to fill out the long palate.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
94
Rob Geddes MW (2005 Vintage) says
Refined ripe and elegant with good varietal character and structure starting out blackcurrant and black cherry cabernet with a savoury streak and long on structure with good concentration of varietal flavours and oak.
Rob Geddes MW
91
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Bright colour; finer and more delicate than many Clare cabernets; predominantly black fruits (some cassis notes) are supported by powdery tannins and cedary French oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
94
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2004 Vintage) says
Taylors is an outstanding winery, but more often than not its top guns underperform. This does its best to reverse that trend: what a mellow mouthful of rich red wine. It's right in the groove: full of currants and leather, mint and beef stock, its chocolatey oak totally consumed by the wine's intense fruit flavours. There are notes of dried herbs and stewed vegetables, too, but they just make it taste more interesting. It's also finely structured. If you're looking for a mellow, super-premium cabernet, this would be a sound option.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
93
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Age in barrel and bottle enhances the cedary nuances of the wine, and softens the persistent tannins; needed a little more strength in the underlying fruit.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
92
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
A pure expression of Clare cabernet sauvignon, variety and terroir twinned from birth. Dark fruits, cedar/cigar box, and long tannins; great balance and length.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
95
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
Cedary, earthy, spice aromas and flavours; medium-bodied, with very good mouthfeel and balance to a wine of considerable elegance; particularly good tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
94
James Halliday (1998 Vintage) says
Classic bottle-developed savoury, earthy edges to blackcurrant fruit; a long, supple palate.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
93

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