Jaraman

Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

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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Previous Vintages 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013
Region Coonawarra 76% / Clare Valley 24%
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 Coonawarra, the 2015 season began well with average winter rainfall. Spring however was very dry and one of the warmest ever. Dry conditions continued through December but then the vines received refreshing rain in mid-January. The summer, however, was classic with warm days and cool nights, thus providing ideal conditions. In the Clare Valley, the growing season leading up to vintage 2015 saw slightly higher than average rainfall initially and then very little fell, with the driest ever August recorded. Rainfall for spring was also well below average, with frost events recorded and then warm and windy weather adversely affecting yields. December and January were relatively mild, with rain falling during the second week of January. Overall whilst yields were down, quality was high.
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 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: 6.94
Residual Sugar: 0.66
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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  • awc Vienna International Wine Challenge
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  • awc Vienna International Wine Challenge
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  • Melbourne International Wine Competition
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  • Shanghai International Wine Challenge
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  • Concours International Des Cabernets
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  • Wine Master Challenge World Wine Contest
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  • Stellar Cellar Selection BTI
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  • World Wine Championships Awards BTI
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  • Sommelier Challenge International Wine & Spirits Competition
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  • Wine Showcase Magazine New Release Tasting
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  • Intervin Wine Awards
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  • Asia Wine Trophy
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  • International Wine & Spirit Competition
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  • Tasters Guild Wine Lovers International Consumer Wine Judging
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  • Natalie Maclean, Natalie Maclean

    Jan 2018
    93 Points
    [Natalie MacLean - 93 Points] Wakefield's Jaraman 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon is full-bodied with ripe blackberries, dark plum, dried herbs and tobacco leaf and minty flavours on the palate. Pair with grilled lamb chops. [Jane Staples - 91 Points] Opens with fragrant dark berries, eucalyptus, mocha and tobacco. Strong herbal influence on palate along with ripe dark berries, oak, savoury notes, mint and spice. The lingering savoury finish begs for a prime rib- take your time and enjoy this ripe, full-bodied beauty.
  • Huon Hooke, The Real Review

    Jan 2018
    92 Points
    Very deep, saturated red/purple colour; the bouquet also concentrated and ripe with a strong overlay of eucalypt and mint. It's very full-bodied, firm and concentrated, with tight, lively, youthful structure, and masses of tannin. It begs to be cellared.
  • Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front

    Jan 2018
    92 Points
    Firm, solid and reliable. Clare Valley cabernet, done well. A solid hit of blackcurrant, a briar-like notes, damp tobacco and woodsy, peppercorn notes. Mid-weight but inching towards fuller territory, an impression heightened by the curve of coffee-stained tannin pulling through the finish.
  • Anthony Dias Blue, Tasting Panel Magazine

    Jan 2017
    91/100
    Minty and ripe with silky texture and plenty of spice; smooth and juicy with balance and long, tangy finish
  • Josh Raynolds, Vinous Media

    Jan 2017
    90/100
    Inky ruby. Focused aromas of blackberry, cassis, dark chocolate and mint. A juicy, energetic midweight, offering dark fruit and bitter chocolate flavors that show good clarity and a zesty, spice-tinged back end. The dark chocolate note carries through the nicely persistent finish, which features dusty tannins and a hint of smokiness.
  • Christina Pickard, Wine Enthusiast

    Jan 2019
    90 Points
    This vintage is a strong offering. The fruit is from two top South Aussie Cabernet regions: Clare Valley and Coonawarra, and both regions shine through. The nose leads with plums, currants, pencil lead, black olives and oak spice. The palate follows, with lifted tangy and juicy fruit that acts as a counterweight to the fine chalky tannins and oak spice. This is a relatively straightforward but varietally expressive drop with a long, brambly finish.
  • Beppi Crosariol, The Globe & Mail

    Jan 2019
    90 Points
    Sweetly ripe and commandingly intense. This is sourced from the Coonawarra and the Clare Valley. Big, chewy-gummy fruit with bright spice, minty freshness and peppery spice. Notes of coffee and vanilla, too. Perfect for lamb.
  • James Halliday, James Halliday Wine Companion

    Jan 2018
    89 Points
    Good colour; a powerful full-bodied blend with full cabernet fruits heads one way, the tannins in an opposite direction. The tug of war isn't moving much one way or the other which, if nothing else, tells you the wine is balanced. Given time it could surprise.
  • Ronn Weigand MW, MS, Restaurant Wine

    Jan 2017
    5 stars
    Intensely flavored, full bodied, and well balanced; a wine with black currant, cherry, mint, tobacco, cedar, vanilla, and black olive aromas/flavors, and a very long, persistent finish. Warrants moderate aging. Great value. Reveals Clare Valley’s ripe fruit and depth, and Coonawarra’s complexity. Aged in French oak barrels.
  • , Winestate

    Jan 2018
    4.5 Stars
  • Jane Thomson, Herald Sun & Hobart Mercury

    Jan 2018
    4 Stars
    Taylors’ renowned Jarraman range focuses on showcasing distinctive regional characteristics and style”. Yet this is actually a blend of two regions. Regardless, it’s a very smart wine offering blackcurrants galore, almost in pie form, with a lovely lick of juicy sweetness and a smattering of herbs. All balanced by an everlingering freshness, and then bang, dry, dusty tannins to finish it off.
  • Matthew Jukes, 100 Best Australian Wines 2018/19

    Jan 2018
    The Jaraman label strikes again, drawing on the chocolate mint notes from Coonawarra and the structure and tannin lurking in the Clare Cabernet component. Seamlessly welded together and then embellished with the ripest and most succulent of oak additions, this is a wickedly enticing wine with hedgerow fruit and a sheen which one only usually finds on icon cuvées.