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2016 Taylors Estate Clare Valley Merlot

Cracka Value Rating

Cracka Review

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.

Appearance: 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 texture 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.

Winemaker Notes: The majority of the fruit was sourced from the Lodden and St Andrews blocks on the Taylor family estate. The winemakers are seeking to craft a wine with a rich mid-palate and a soft, velvety feel.The fruit, once harvested, was de-stemmed and then transferred to stainless steel fermentation vessels where a quick yet gentle, warm fermentation was carried out using a yeast to enhance fruit expression. After primary fermentation, the wine was pressed and transferred back to stainless steel where secondary, malolactic fermentation occurs. The wine was then racked off to a mixture of American and French oak barrels (50% 1 year old, and 50% 2 - 3 years old) and was left to mature before being finally blended and bottled after minimal filtration.

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

Food Match: Red meat or Vegetarian pastas, traditional stews & casseroles, spicy Asian dishes (such as lamb curry, beef vindaloo or Thai BBQ chicken), Sunday roasts or fruity desserts such as baked figs or poached pears.

Alc/vol: 14.6%

Critics Gold - Critics Challenge International Wine Competition 2017
Silver - Tasters Guild 30th Annual International Wine Judging 2017
Silver - Los Angeles International Wine Competition 2017
Silver - Mondial du Merlot 2017
Silver - Pacific Rim Wine Competition 2017
Silver - Dan Burger International Wine Competition 2017

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