5 Mar 2014 11:40 AM -
Three generations of Taylors ensure that the wines produced from their magnificent Clare Valley vineyards are of the highest standard. Bill Taylor and his two sons, Bill and John, were firmly entrenched into the wine industry as wine merchants. The passion to create their own world class Cabernets was realized with the purchase of 178 hectares of Terra Rossa soil on the Wakefield River in the Clare Valley in 1969.
The first commercial vintage was in 1973 with the Cabernet Sauvignon winning a gold medal in every Capital city wine show in its year of release in 1975. The Taylors name became synonymous with quality, and expansion in 1983 saw them purchase another 113 hectares. Expansion has been rapid with the addition of 32h in 1989, 161 hectares in 1994 and most significantly the 250 odd hectares of the St Andrews vineyard.
Innovation always lays a fertile path for the future. In 2000, all the Riesling produced was sealed under Stelvin screw cap and in 2004 all wines were sealed this way. In 2009 Taylors produced the first 100% Carbon Neutral wine under its Eighty Acres label.
Seven labels exist with each displaying different philosophies of production. The “Promised Land” range is meant to be fruit dominated and ready to drink. “80 Acres” is named after the original farmed block and is 100% carbon neutral. It has lively fruit with some elegant structure. The “Taylors Estate” range gets more serious expressions of terroir and quality fruit.
The” Jarraman” range purposely blends the best fruit of two regions. This gives a chance for the single varietal fruit characteristics to shine. The flagship wines only made in certain vintages is the “St Andrews” range. These are the most elegant structured wines that give plenty of value per dollar. The “Visionary” is named after Bill Taylor and is extremely rare being Cabernet in exceptional years.
The most fascinating range includes the “TWP- Taylors Wine-making Project” wines. This range finds the tinkering and testing of small parcels of less common varieties. Current release includes a Grenache, Shiraz Mataro and a Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc.
The Taylors belong to the AFFW- Australia’s first families of wine. Twelve other families are members and believe in the expression of terroir, quality and commitment to the wine industry. Exports have been successful with the notable change in name to “Wakefield Wines” as the name Taylors is linked the Portuguese wine company.
TAYLORS ESTATE CLARE VALLEY RIESLING 2013- Colour- light yellow. Nose- sweet honey suckle and lime florals. Palate- medium weight anterior palate with a moderate acid backbone. This is a great value example of Clare Valley Riesling and was enjoyed with some Fresh Mooloolaba Prawns and lime aioli. Cellar 3-5 y.
TAYLORS ST ANDREWS CLARE VALLEY CHARDONNAY 2012- Colour pale yellow, tinge of green. Nose- complex white peach, funky lees and yeast aromas. Palate- lush and broad in the anterior palate with nice acidity. Made in the new mould with hints of Malolactic fermentation but restrained fruit and oak balanced beautifully. Enjoyed with King Island Triple Bree. Cellar 5-7 years.
TAYLORS WMP GSM CLARE VALLEY GRENACHE SHIRAZ MATARO 2010- C- deep garnet, N- red currants, rich candied fruits , tobacco leaf and herbal notes. P- Generous fruit on the anterior palate with a mild tannin structure. Overall a luscious wine that opened up over 2 hours. Enjoyed with some prosciutto and Jamon Ham. Cellar 6-7 years.
TAYLORS ST ANDREWS CLARE VALLEY CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2009- C-Deep red brown brick. N- Rich deep cassis and mocha notes with a background of herbs. P- Full velvety flow of rich fruit flavours. There is very little mid palate collapse and the balanced tannins ensure lip smacking satisfaction. The best value high end Cabernet that I know of. Enjoy with my old favorite –grilled “anything bleeding” Cellar for 8-10yeasr.