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2013 Taylors St Andrews Cabernet Sauvignon

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Cracka Rating

RRP $75.00 per bottle

Our Price $63.99

Case Price

$383.94 (6 x 750ml)

cracka review

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.

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
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
Rather baked, overcooked and porty, with a smoky, toasty bouquet of under and over-ripened fruit backed by minty, greenish, snow pea-like aspects and assertive cedar/vanilla oak. Initially quite jammy, it offers a slightly porty presence of juicy cassis, and dark plums, but then thins out, becoming more metallic and currant-like down the palate, losing fruit sweetness.
2014-2017+
The Australian Wine Annual 2013
86
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.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
91
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
Full-bodied, slightly unpolished and lacking sophistication, it reveals a rather meaty and greenish bouquet whose ripe, jammy aromas of berries, plums and cedar/vanilla oak ate backed by suggestions of capsicum. Assertively backed by chocolate/cedary oak, its rich small berry and plum flavours are backed by hints of green bean, but knit tightly with a firm, drying powdery extract. Not entirely, genuinely ripe.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
89
Rob Geddes MW (2004 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.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010 2009
90
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
Jeremy Oliver (2002 Vintage) says
An old-fashioned Australian red whose deep aromas of dark, jammy plums, olives and currants reveal minty undertones and some herbal, under-ripe qualities. Now tiring and losing freshness, its palate retains some forward plum and berry fruit, but is clearly drying out, exposing some strong, firm tannins beneath.
Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
90
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
Jeremy Oliver (2000 Vintage) says
A firm, savoury cabernet of strength and depth. Its earthy, dusty and cedary aromas of violets, black-berries, mint and dark chocolate/cedar/vanilla oak precede a ripe, well-proportioned but not over cooked palate framed by fine grained and powdery tannins. There's just a hint of currant beneath its dark plum and berry flavours, while sweet oak plays second fiddle.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
91
James Halliday (1999 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; the bouquet has well-balanced savoury berry fruit and oak, the medium to full-bodied palate showing savoury edges to blackcurrant fruit, and tannins which run through the length without dominating that fruit. Yet another good wine.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
90
Jeremy Oliver (1999 Vintage) says
A ripe, firm wine with strength and future. Fragrant, but slightly cooked cassis and plum fruit is given full treatment in cedary chocolate oak. It develops into a firm, rich palate whose creamy texture is deeply flavoured, finishing firm and tight. Spicy, minty complexity gives distinct regional character.
Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
90
James Halliday (1998 Vintage) says
Classic bottle-developed savoury, earthy edges to blackcurrant fruit; a long, supple palate.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
93
James Halliday (1997 Vintage) says
Medium red, showing obvious bottle development. The bouquet has savoury yet gently sweet fruit, with good oak balance and integration; the fine, supple palate offers nicely ripened berry and chocolate fruit, gentle oak and fine tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
90
James Halliday (1996 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; the bouquet is very oaky and does not have the integration one would hope for. The palate has rich chocolate and berry fruit but, once again, the oak is assertive.
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
83

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%