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Taylors St Andrews Shiraz

Cracka Rating

Cracka Review

Clare Valley Shiraz is so rich and long-lived but there’s one we anticipate with each new release and that’s the St Andrews from Taylors. This is top-drawer stuff that is recognised as one of the top premium reds in their portfolio. You can expect a nose that’s heavy in plum and sensual spice, vivid violet as well as a touch of vanillin oak. Although powerful, the palate shows real elegance with vibrant berry, spice and cedar. It’s generous and long with mouth-filling tannins that make it perfect for a fillet steak or a plate of cheese.

Winemaker's Notes

Enormously flavoursome with rich fruit characters of black cherry, plum and ripe berries. American oak adds nuances of vanilla, cigar box, coffee and toast.

Appearance: Crimson colour with a purple hue to the edge.

Nose: The wine has complex and enticing bouquet of dark berry fruit along with juicy black plum, spice, cedar and hints of chocolate and roasted coffee.

Palate: On the palate, the wine is rich and complex with layers of dark berry fruits layered with lashings of coffee, chocolate and spice from high quality oak. The palate builds further with well-balanced, elegant tannins delivering a very generous and complete wine with textural complexity and long, persistent flavours.

Cellaring: This wine is evolving well at release yet should cellar well to 2026 or possibly longer.

Alcohol: 14.3%




Awards and Accolades


Double Gold - China Wine & Spirits Awards, 2014

Gold - Melbourne International Wine Competition, 2014

Gold - Sommelier Challenge International Wine Competition, 2014

Gold - Mundus Vini International Wine Awards, 2014

expert reviews about

Taylors St Andrews Shiraz

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Deep colour; displays essency blackberry fruit aromas with fine, spicy oak notes and a splash of vanilla; the palate is medium-bodied, with velvety texture, fine-grained tannins in abundance, and a long, luscious and poised finish.
To 2025
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
95
Rob Geddes MW (2009 Vintage) says
Mature and interesting with oak and savoury meat-stock complexity. The palate offers rich and fleshy flavour and structure blackberry savoury flavours with intense fruit without heavy oak or excess tannin.
2019
Rob Geddes MW
90
Rob Geddes MW (2006 Vintage) says
Mature and interesting with oak and savoury meat-stock complexity. The palates offer nearly mature, rich and fleshy wine, blackberry savoury flavours with intense fruit without heavy oak or excess tannin.
2014
Australian Wine Vintages
91
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Very good colour for age, still 100% red; the power and complexity of the varietal black fruits and balanced tannins have garnered a trophy and gold medals from various quarters, including the US, Luxembourg (I think this is in fact Belgium) and Australia.
To 2021
Australian Wine Companion 2013
94
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Clear, deep colour; a distinguished full-bodied shiraz from a distinguished vintage; blackberry fruit is woven through ripe tannins and quality oak, all three components in great balance.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
95
Rob Geddes MW (2004 Vintage) says
Mature and interesting with oak and savoury meat-stock complexity. The palates offer nearly mature, rich and fleshy wine, blackberry savoury flavours with intense fruit without heavy oak or excess tannin.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
90
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Shows some leathery development to a core of red fruits complemented by some savoury complexity; the palate is sweet-fruited, complex and long.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
92
Rob Geddes MW (2003 Vintage) says
Mature and interesting with oak and savoury meat-stock complexity. The palates offer nearly mature rich and fleshy wine blackberry savoury flavours with intense fruit without heavy oak or excess tannin.
Rob Geddes MW
90
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Starting to enter the second phase of maturity; blackberry fruit and vanillin American oak coming together well, supported by ripe tannins; will stay on the plateau of its development for many years.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
94
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Big, dense chocolate, blackberry and plum fruit; well-integrated oak and ripe tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
93
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
A potent, long palate; savoury/earthy overtones to black fruits; good oak and tannin management; long finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
90
James Halliday (1999 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; dark berry, spice and sweet oak aromas lead into a palate with excellent richness and concentration, basically at the savoury end of the spectrum. I am far from convinced that this represents the same value as the varietal Shiraz, but there is no denying it is a good wine.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
91
James Halliday (1998 Vintage) says
Deep red-purple; an outstanding wine with an abundance of rich, ripe, dark cherry and plum fruit, with great depth and structure to an outstanding palate. Certainly, oak plays a role, but it is both balanced and integrated. Placed first in the 2001 Great Australian Shiraz Challenge.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
96

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