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2015 Taylors Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

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From one of Clare Valley's most famous names comes this dense, generous, dark fruited red wine with plenty of stuffing for the long haul. Suckling pig here we come!

Winemaker's Notes

Rich expressive flavours of cassis, mulberry and a hint of eucalypt. French oak maturation adds touches of dark chocolate, cedar and spice.

Colour: At release, the wine is a deep red with a vibrant purple hue

Bouquet: The wine has an aroma of rich blackcurrant, subtle spice, tomato leaf and a touch of eucalypt. French oak maturation is also evident with subtle aromas of cedar and dark chocolate

Palate: This is a wine of great intensity. It has distinctive blackcurrant and cassis fruit flavours. Subtle oak characters of cedar cigar box and spice are also evident. The tannins are fine and elegant – a hallmark of the varietal. The palate is well balanced, complex and fulfilling and lingers on the finish

Cellaring notes: This wine can be enjoyed upon release but will reward careful cellaring up to and possibly beyond 2023

Alc/vol: 14.5%

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2015 Taylors Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Reassuring, bright crimson-purple; used French oak maturation, plus ripe, gentle tannins and blackcurrant fruit mean it is ready now, but will cruise through another 5+ years.
To 2016
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
89
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
An honest, if slightly baked and earlier-maturing cabernet with some fresh cassis, dark plum and raspberry fruit given lightly smoky cedar/vanilla oak influences and underpinned by firmish, drying tannins. Forward and juicy, it marginally dries out and becomes more hollow towards the finish, with just a hint of dehydration and stressed fruit.
The Australian Wine Annual
87
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; the expressive blackcurrant/cassis bouquet introduces a medium-bodied wine with distinct elegance, fruit and oak playing off each other to good effect, the result an accessible and enjoyable cabernet for drinking soon.
2016
90
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
88
Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says
Delicate, lightly herbal aromas of fresh dark berries and cedar/vanilla oak precede a moderately intense and firmish palate of medium weight whose restrained flavours of berries and plums are underpinned by firmish, supple tannins and handsomely knit with creamy chocolatey oak. It finishes with pleasing grip and structure.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
89
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2007 Vintage) says
It's one of the biggest selling cabernets in the country, and rightly so. Real cabernet at a realistic price. Last year's Big Red Wine Book rated the 2005 and 2006 releases at ninety-one and ninety-two points respectively. We're not rating this quite as highly, though it's possible that we're being harsh. It certainly has lots of stuffing, with oodles of blackcurrant and violet-like flavour. It tastes better the longer the bottle has been open too (within reason). It has lots of well-massaged tannin and the ability to be cellared for a few years with ease.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
89
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Good depth and structure; sweet, but not jammy, cabernet varietal fruit; good tannins and balance
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
89
Campbell Mattinson (2005 Vintage) says
Taylors has won awards for its top-priced wines but I prefer their more affordable offerings. 2005 RELEASE It's easy to mount the argument that this is Australia's best value cabernet. It can cellar remarkably well too - as does a lot of Clare cabernet. This tastes of blackcurrant, mint, tobacco and choc-vanilla, and lingers in your mouth remarkably well. DRINK 2008-2014.
The Big Red Wine Book 2008
91
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Plenty of substance to the black fruits and ripe tannins; controlled oak, good length.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
90
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
Not hugely complex but built to last, this firm but pliant young cabernet is based on a ripe, juicy and minty expression of intense blackcurrant dark plum and blackberry flavour backed by sweet cedar/vanilla oak. Tightly integrated and finely structured, it reveals an attractive violet-like perfume and a long, smooth and deeply flavoured, drying palate.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
89
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Fresh cassis and redcurrant; light to medium-bodied, but does have fine tannins to close, and may grow in bottle.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
87
Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says
Intense aromas of blackberries, cassis, dark plums and cedar/vanilla oak reveal nuances of dried herbs and menthol. Full to medium in weight, it's smooth, creamy and very ripe, with a currant-like overcooked aspect to its sweet and chocolatey palate. Framed by firm, but approachable tannins, it finishes with some green, under-ripe edges.
Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
86
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Strongly savoury/earthy in austere mode; black fruits and a touch of bitter chocolate.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
87
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; well-balanced and integrated dark berry fruit and oak on the bouquet is followed by a palate with plenty of depth and structure; the fruit is ripe, and while the tannins tremble on the brink of over-extraction, they don't go over the top. Just be patient.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
88
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
Medium purple-red; fresh, redcurrant fruit with a touch of earth on the bouquet is followed by an unexpectedly ripe berry and chocolate-flavoured palate with fine, soft tannins; sexy stuff, and good value.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
91

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