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2016 Taylors Estate Riesling

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Clare Valley Riesling has its fans but we think the hordes will be running to unscrew this classic white from Taylors. Taylors Estate wines have been providing joy since the early 70’s and this Riesling goes brilliantly on its own or with Asian style fish. On the nose you’ll enjoy lime zest and subtle floral notes, a little orange zest before the trademark zing of lemon and lime and structured acid finish. It’s long with a mineral edge and will last in the cellar comfortably for the next five years.

Winemaker's Notes

Elegant characters of fresh lime, lemon and subtle tropical fruit. A crisp and refreshing palate that finishes with lively balanced acidity.

Colour: At release, there is a bright, vibrant clarity to the wine. It has a very pale straw colour and subtle green highlights to the edges

Bouquet: The wine displays lifted fresh and vibrant aromas. Lemon and lime citrus characters abound, followed by layers of subtle blossom and enticing floral nuances

Palate: On the palate, the wine displays intense citrus fruit characters of fresh lemon and lime along with hints of orange blossom. An apex of tantalizing acid soars in the mid-palate, balanced by good fruit presence. The finish is crisp and resonates with citrus fruit - hallmarks of a great Clare Valley Riesling

Cellaring notes: This wine, whilst crafted for immediate enjoyment will also reward cellaring under ideal conditions up to and possibly beyond 2026

Alc/vol: 12.3%

expert reviews about

2016 Taylors Estate Riesling

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
Bright straw-green; picked later than most from '11, with greater depth and strength, but less aromatics and flowery notes; will likely reach an impressive peak around 2016, but go on long thereafter.
To 2021
Australian Wine Companion 2013
92
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Bright green-straw; one of the most reliable commercial rieslings on the market, with precisely described citrus and mineral notes coming through strongly on the long palate and aftertaste; good development potential.
2020
Australian Wine Companion 2012
91
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
Musky, floral and intensely flavoured, this generous and brightly flavoured riesling has a punchy, almost pungent bouquet of lime juice and lemon lifted by scents of white flowers, musk and backed by a mineral hint of bathpowder. It's juicy, crunchy palate fills the mouth with intense if not complex flavour, finishing marginally sweet, with a lemon sherbet note.
The Australian Wine Annual
91
Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
juicy and chewy with plenty of sweet lime flavour, a smoky nuance and a good dose of more exotic tropical fruit too. The palate's all built on assertive acidity and a good core of tropical/citrus flavour. Smooth finish.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
89
Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says
Candied, floral and estery, with lime juice, white peach, apricot and lemon rind aromas over sherbet-like suggestions of bathpowder, it presents a juicy, luscious and generously flavoured palate of slightly confectionery fruit.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
87
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
A rich example of Clare riesling; ripe, slightly exotic fruit bouquet is followed by a fractionally tart fruit finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
87
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Subdued bouquet typical good texture and structure; ripe citrus fruit around a: stoney / minerally core.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
89
Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says
Slightly candied, talcum-like aromas of lemon sherbet, lime juice and white flowers precede a smooth, round and luscious palate of intense, but restrained flavour. Its vibrant presence of apple, pear and lime finishes slightly edgy, with a tangy lemony acidity and a hint of spice.
Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
88
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Delicacy and purity mark both the bouquet and entry to the palate; citrus and apple feature on the long finish with more power than expected from the bouquet.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
92
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
Floral, lightly musky aromas of lime juice, cinnamon and tea leaves precede a juicy, forward and slightly candied expression of tangy and well-focused fruit and citrusy acids. It's long, honest, persistent and well punctuated.
Australian Wine Annual 2008 2007
88
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Light straw-green; mainstream Clare style, with a mix of citrus and mineral; good balance and length. Give it time
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
90
Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says
An honest, richly flavoured and varietal riesling whose rather candied fragrance of lemon meringue and lime juice is backed by musky, spicy nuances. Round and juicy, It's smooth and generous, with slightly confection-like fruit over a chalky backbone that culminates in a clean, but fractionally sweet finish.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
88
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Clean lime-accented aromas; good balance and mouthfeel; shortens slightly on the finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
89
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
Fragrant floral aromas of lime juice, green apples and lemon meringue with chalky undertones precede a juicy, fleshy and slightly confectionary palate whose forward expression of citrus and tropical fruits delivers length and freshness, with a clean acid finish. Slightly sweet and candied, but refreshing.
Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
89
Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says
Dry, slatey riesling whose floral aromas of fresh citrus and pineapple reveal slightly herbal and soapy undertones. Forward and juicy, but lacking great length, it's up-front and attractive, finishing with invigorating fruit and clean acidity.
Australian Wine Annual 2005 2004
88
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Spotless apple and lime blossom aromas; a crisp and lively palate with a strong mineral spine. Classic cellaring proposition.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
92
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Light straw-green; the bouquet is clean, tight and unevolved, the palate with good depth and concentration, but, like the bouquet, somewhat locked up. Ripe lime flavours are waiting to express themselves; marginally disappointing from such a highly rated vintage.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
88
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Excellent green-yellow; clean lime blossom and apple aromas are followed by a lively, fresh lime juicy palate with very good acidity. Subliminal spritz and SO2 will simply serve to sustain the wine over a long period of development. Gold medal 2001 Clare Valley Regional Wine Show.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
94
James Halliday (1997 Vintage) says
Light to medium yellow-green; the bouquet is crisp, with spice, mineral, lime and toast aromas. Lime fruit comes to the fore on a light to medium-weight palate, which is well balanced and has good mouthfeel. Somewhere in the centre of the extremes of Clare Valley-style from the '97 vintage.
Australian Wine Companion 1999 1998
85

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