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2015 Taylors Estate Merlot

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It’s a lively wine with plum and cherry fruit aromas as well as some seductive chocolate aromas. The palate is a joyous combination of plum, chocolate and spice all carried along by grainy tannins before a persistent finish. Great BYO wine as it goes well with both pizza and pasta dishes.

Winemaker's Notes

Ripe berry, rich fruitcake flavours and soft, velvety tannins. French and American oak impart dark chocolate, coffee bean and vanilla characters.

Colour: At release, the wine is a vibrant, youthful red with an intense red/purple hue

Bouquet: At release, the wine displays lifted aromas of raspberry, cherry and violets with enticing vanilla bean, spice and cinnamon from quality oak maturation

Palate: At release, the wine showcases layers of ripe, dark fruit alongside rich fruit cake characters. The mouthfeel is exactly as you would expect with a velvety softness. Oak maturation has delivered flavours of vanilla, mocha and subtle spice and the finish has a pleasing degree of elegance

Cellaring notes: This wine can be enjoyed upon release but will reward careful cellaring up to and possibly beyond 2022

Alc/vol: 14.6%

expert reviews about

2015 Taylors Estate Merlot

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
Good colour; a rich and palate with abundant plum fruit; a tribute to the vintage rather than the variety.
To 2016
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
89
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; while this is not likely to cause Chateau Petrus any concern, it is another vintage showing that Taylors is able to winkle something out of the terroir to allow this wine to express varietal character in a region that is normally hostile.
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87
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
88
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
This is not a great wine, but it's an attractive light- to medium-bodied merlot driven by small red fruits, and not over-extracted or oaked
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
88
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Not for the first time, confounds terroir and climate by producing merlot with positive varietal character; the tannins are obvious, but are in balance
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
89
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Positive varietal fruit in riper mode; good balance and mouthfeel from blackcurrant and redcurrant fruit; ripe tannins, subtle oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
90
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
A raisined and pruney merlot clearly made from stressed or over-ripened grapes. Its minty, menthol-like aromas rely on creamy vanilla oak fur sweetness, while the thick, moderately tannic and dehydrated palate lacks brightness and elegance. No amount of sweet oak could revive these dead grapes.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
80
Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says
Honest, varietal merlot whose sweet aromas of cherries, plums, dark berries and sweet mocha/chocolate oak overlie nuances of mint and menthol. Forward and uncomplicated, its supple palate of lingering sweet fruit is well partnered by smooth vanilla oak.
Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
87
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Medium-bodied; sweet red and blackcurrant fruit; a consistent performer.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
87
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Medium to full red-purple; the bouquet is clean, with abundant black fruits and a touch of chocolate; a dense, concentrated, imposing regional red wine, which will be long lived, but which (as with previous vintages) has little to do with the commonly accepted view of Merlot.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
89
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; there is plenty of red fruit, but no obvious varietal character to the bouquet; the palate has good texture and weight, but once again is varietally anonymous, and doesn't have the great texture that the 1999 vintage had.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
84
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
Deeply coloured; the bouquet is as powerful and strong as the colour suggests, with no obvious varietal character. The palate follows down the same track, with impressive depth and power, thus almost inevitably lacking the finesse which should be part and parcel of Merlot.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
87

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