Jaraman

Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Generous ripe fruit flavours of the Clare Valley are balanced with elegant, fine tannins, lifted mint character and velvety finish of the Coonawarra.

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Region Clare Valley 55% / Coonawarra 45%
Colour At release, the wine has a deep ruby red colour to the centre with a youthful purple hue to the edges.
Nose There are lifted aromas of dark blackcurrant fruit along with subtle choc-mint and a hint of eucalypt.
Vintage Conditions In the Clare Valley, the growing season saw average autumn and winter rainfalls on the Taylor family estate vineyards. Although spring was relatively dry, the vine vigour was still good due to the presence of subsurface moisture from the regular winter rain events and in addition the relatively calm conditions during the spring period reduced the evapotranspiration of the vines. Summer started dry and warm but not overly hot although from mid-January to mid-February this changed with very hot conditions prevailing until the 14th February when a downpour occurred, slowing the ripening of grapes considerably allowing for full flavour and tannin development. In Coonawarra the 2014 season can be described as one of the longest on record starting mid-February and finishing in the first week of May. Winter was the second wettest in the last 28 years providing a very welcome recharge to the underground aquifer. Spring saw the rainfall continue with almost double the long term average falling, a blessing in disguise with the warm weather that was to follow during summer. Flowering occurred from late November to mid-December in cold and windy conditions and consequently fruit set was impacted. January and early February were hot and dry, however with good water availability and accurate early weather forecasts the fruit was well protected by healthy canopies. The warm weather brought forward the ripening of many varieties but the more normal cool nights and moderate days soon rolled in to preserve the acid and flavour of the whites. Cabernet Sauvignon especially benefited from the cool, slow ripening period. Overall, a perfect extended dry and mild ripening season for flavour, colour and tannin development which will deliver a classic Coonawarra vintage.
Oak Maturation The wine was matured in French oak barrels (50% 1 year old, 50% a combination of 2 and 3 year old) for a period of 10 ?12 months before being bottled.
Cellaring Notes Crafted for immediate enjoyment but will cellar over a long term under ideal conditions.
Alc%: 14.5
Acid: 7.25
Residual Sugar: 0.8
Wine Type: Red
Wine Body: Full
Blend or Single Variety: Single Variety
Pack Size: Single: 750ml bottle Case: 6 x 750ml bottle
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  • Natalie MacLean, Natalie MacLean

    Jan 2017
    93/100
    Minty coolness on the nose of this gorgeous Australian red wine is flooded by fleshy blackberry richness on the palate. A hedonist's wine to fill the senses. Full-bodied and smooth Cabernet Sauvignon. Finishes with dried herbs, tobacco leaves and cedar brush. Very satisfying, especially at this price. Pair with ribeye steak.
  • Rich Cook, WineReviewOnline

    Jan 2017
    93/100
    I like a wine that lets you know where it’s from on the nose alone, and you get a bright and sunny "G'Day" out of this bottling -- lively mint and menthol blended beautifully with blackberry, black cherry and spice, with a lip smacking finish. Well Done!
  • , Tastings.com

    Jan 2016
    92/100 GOLD
    Nearly opaque dusty garnet violet color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate mint, spiced cassis, menthol, and cherry cola with a satiny, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, nuanced, medium-long candied citrus peels, green plum, sandalwood, and Arnold Palmer finish with wellintegrated, dusty, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A robust, spicy cabernet that will stand up to the heartiest of dishes.
  • David Lawrason, WineAlign

    Jan 2017
    90/100
    So typical of Taylors this has hugely lifted, minty/eucalyptus nose, around cranberry/cassis fruit. There is some chocolate as well. Plus shiraz pepper. It is intense, tart-edged and juicy on the palate, with very little tannin evident. Lots of heat though, at 14.5% alcohol. A very linear, intense showboat of a wine, which accounts for the necklace of medallions strung across the label. Quite delicious if not exactly a specific terroir wine
  • Michel Godel, WineAlign

    Jan 2017
    90/100
    Two great cabernet sauvignon worlds collide in Taylors Jaraman, the true blue deep berry well of the Clare Valley and the saline, mineral rich terra rossa of Coonawarra. Here is Australian terroir blending at its finest, with the richest and most sapid varietal fruit encouraged to act both acidity and tannin sweet while fleshy and savoury at the same time. This is a treat in every respect though I imagine it was once a beast and will settle even further by mid-2018.
  • Marc Hinton, Enobytes

    Jan 2017
    89/100
    The 2014 Wakefield Jaraman Cabernet Sauvignon from the Clare Valley and Coonawarra fruit is delicious – and Cabernet Sauvignon from this producer is really special. The Jaraman designation wines are created by joining exceptional vineyard designate parcels from two iconic wine regions in Australia. The winemaking approach ensures the distinct regional characteristics each take the spotlight while creating an enticing and intriguing unison that is carefully crafted to become so much more than merely the sum of those parts.
  • Vic Harridine, winecurrent.com

    Jan 2017
    89/100
    The Clare and Coonawarra regions both have cool-ish climates and it’s reflected nicely in the excellent balance of fruit and tang in this particular offering. Savory herbs, piquant spice and floral notes mingle with mixed field berry aromas before a vibrant, lively river of crunchy red fruitpie cherry and cranberry-envelop the palate along with riper, dark fruit-currant and black cherry. The palate fruit is robed in excellent, racy tang and decorated with savory herbs, dark bittersweet chocolate and wisps of drying tannin. Aerate/decant for three hours pouring with rare-grilled, well-seasoned flank steak
  • Joe Czerwinski, Wine Enthusiast

    Jan 2017
    89 Points
    Concentrated and ripe yet crisp and vibrant, this wine blends Clare Valley and Coonawarra Cabernets to good effect. Bay leaf, black cherry and dark chocolate notes abound, while the texture turns slightly grainy on the finish. Drink now – 2025.
  • Isaac Baker, Terroirist

    Jan 2017
    87/100
    Plump purple color. Dark and saucy aromas of black cherries and roasted plums, along with a bold shot of menthol and eucalyptus, sweet coffee and clove. Full-bodied with moderate tannins but a refreshing sense of acidity holds it together nicely. Black cherries and blueberry fruit, ripe and juicy, topped in coffee grounds, vanilla, eucalyptus and pepper. Juicy and rich but shows some complexity of non-fruit flavors to keep it interesting. A split of juice from Clare Valley and Coonawarra.
  • Ronn Weigand MW, MS, Restaurant Wine

    Jan 2017
    5 stars
    The 2014 Jaraman—that leans more to Clare Valley—is nearly Bordeaux-like in style: full bodied, crisp, well balanced, and very distinctive in flavor (black currant, cassis, mint, sage, tobacco, black olive, baked cherry, vanilla, spicy oak), with excellent balance and a very long, persistent finish. Can be aged. Fine value. 55% Clare Valley, 45% Coonawarra.
  • Matthew Jukes, Money Week

    Jan 2018
    I have picked out this cabernet sauvignon, itself a genius piece of dual-regional blending, as a perfect example of just how downright delicious today’s Australian wines are. Wakefield’s Jaraman is the kind of wine people fall head over heels in love with – every single one of the 2,000 people who have already tasted it have not been able to resist its charms. But don’t just take my work for it – listen to the voice of the people.