2016 Taylors Estate Clare Valley Merlot
RRP $22.00 per bottle
Our Price $19.99
$119.94 (6 x 750ml)
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.
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