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Jaraman

Chardonnay 2016

An unusual fusion of Clare Valley & Adelaide Hills resulting in an intensely flavoured, complex yet elegant wine with distinct citrus, white peach & nectarine characters along with a subtle flinty note.

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Previous Vintages 2015
Region Clare Valley 51% / Adelaide Hills 49%
Colour At release the wine is a very pale straw colour with a youthful green hue.
Nose The wine has intense lifted aromas of melon and lime with hints of stone fruits. There are underlying tropical notes of green pineapple and guava and subtle secondary characters of flint, cedar and spice.
Vintage Conditions Rainfall was below average for the season leading up to vintage 2016 but it was not the amount that had the biggest impact; it was the timing. Mother Nature saw fit to dole out just the right amount of water at just the right time for maximum positive impact. In fact, this was just one of the factors at play when it comes to the vintage being lauded as one of the greats. Firstly, the vines were stress free heading into the winter period, creating the potential for a superior crop. Secondly, conditions were ideal during flowering and then lastly, the threat of frost did not eventuate. All these conditions combined to create what can be described as the perfect vintage.
Oak Maturation After fermentation in barrel and battonage, otherwise known as yeast lees stirring, the wine was matured for 8 months in French oak barrels (60% new, 20% 2 year old and 20% 3year old) the wine was blended and then bottled.
Cellaring Notes Crafted for immediate enjoyment but will cellar over a medium term under ideal conditions.
Alc%: 13.5
Acid: 5.8
Residual Sugar: 0.8
Wine Type: White
Wine Body: Medium
Blend or Single Variety: Single Variety
Pack Size: Single: 750ml bottle Case: 6 x 750ml bottle
  • 2018
  • Stuttgart International Wine Competition
  • Double Gold
  • 2017
  • World Value Wine Challenge BTI
  • Gold
  • 2018
  • The Global Chardonnay Masters
  • Gold
  • 2017
  • Wine Luxe International Wine Awards
  • Gold
  • 2017
  • Mundus Vini International Wine Awards
  • Gold
  • 2017
  • Japan Wine Challenge
  • Gold
  • 2017
  • El Concurso International Vinus
  • Gold
  • 2017
  • Wine Showcase Magazine New Release Tasting
  • Gold
  • 2018
  • Catavinum World Wine & Spirit Competition
  • Gold
  • 2017
  • International Wine Awards
  • Gold
  • 2017
  • Tasters Guild Wine Lovers International Consumer Wine Judging
  • Gold
  • 2017
  • Shanghai International Wine Challenge
  • Silver
  • 2018
  • Wine Master Challenge World Wine Contest
  • Silver
  • 2018
  • Decanter World Wine Awards
  • Silver
  • 2017
  • Wine Showcase Magazine New Release Tasting
  • Silver
  • 2018
  • The Asian Chardonnay Masters
  • Silver
  • 2017
  • American Wine Society Commercial Wine Competition
  • Silver
  • 2017
  • New York International Wine Competition
  • Silver
  • 2018
  • International Womens Wine Competition
  • Silver
  • 2017
  • Sommelier Challenge International Wine & Spirits Competition
  • Silver
  • 2017
  • Melbourne International Wine Competition
  • Silver
  • 2017
  • San Francisco International Wine Competition
  • Silver
  • 2017
  • Berliner Wine Trophy
  • Silver
  • 2017
  • awc Vienna International Wine Challenge
  • Silver
  • 2017
  • New York World Wine & Spirits Competition
  • Bronze
  • 2017
  • Stellar Cellar Selection BTI
  • Bronze
  • 2017
  • Royal Hobart Wine Show
  • Bronze
  • 2017
  • National Wine Show of Australia
  • Bronze
  • 2017
  • Decanter Asia Wine Awards
  • Bronze
  • 2017
  • Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition
  • Bronze
  • 2017
  • Sydney Royal Wine Show
  • Bronze
  • 2017
  • New Zealand International Wine Show
  • Bronze
  • 2017
  • Royal Queensland Wine Show
  • Bronze
  • 2018
  • Wine 100 Wine Challenge Award
  • Bronze
  • 2017
  • International Wine & Spirit Competition
  • Bronze
  • 2017
  • World Wine Championships Awards BTI
  • Bronze
  • 2017
  • Royal Adelaide Wine Show
  • Bronze
  • 2017
  • International Wine Challenge Tranche 1
  • Commended
  • Robert Whitley, Wine Reviews Online Creator’s Syndicate

    Jan 2018
    93 Points
    Rich and voluptuous on the palate, yet bright and edgy, this is a beautifully structured chardonnay from two of South Australia's cooler climates. Showing complex notes of pear, apple and lemon oil, this dynamic chardonnay finishes on a spicy note. Rating: 93.Chardonnay, Australia ($25)
  • Isaac James Baker, Terroirist

    Jan 2018
    88 Points
    Deep yellow color. Smells of lemon curd and orange marmalade, along with notes of honey, salted almond and freshly-baked biscuits. Plump texture but moderating acidity, along with plenty of apricot, bruised pear and apples. Notes of cinnamon, almond, sea salt and ginger snap add complexity. Richly flavorful but vibrant, too. This spends eight months in 60% new French oak.
  • Christina Pickard, Wine Enthusiast

    Jan 2019
    88 Points
    This is a delicate, fruity wine that shows notes of lemon, melon, flower blossoms and a hint of salty oyster shell. The palate offers a chalky texture that’s balanced by bright fruit and lifted acidity.
  • MaryAnn Worobiec, Wine Spectator

    Jan 2019
    88 Points
    A floral, perfumed accent weaves in and out of the pear and peach notes, with spice and toast accents lingering and fresh acidity. Drink now. 500 cases imported.
  • Huon Hooke, The Real Review

    Jan 2018
    86 Points
    Bright medium yellow colour. The bouquet is parsley, herbal and slightly green, with an overlay of oak and age development. The palate is full, soft, round and slightly sweet. It's a touch broad, but has abundant flavour and presence.
  • Joelle Thomson, Drinks Biz

    Jan 2018
    17.5/20
    This Chardonnay is a blend of two cool climate regions in South Australia: the Clare Valley and Adelaide Hills. Both areas provide fleshy, ripe stonefruit flavours in their grapes while retaining refreshing acidity, which adds a nervy zest to this dry, big-bodied white.
  • Richard Hemming MW, Jancis Robinson

    Jan 2018
    16 Points
    Smoky nose but with the ripe apple fruit of South Australia and lovely fresh balance with soft structure and a reasonably short finish.
  • John Fordham, Sunday Telegraph

    Jan 2018
    Jaraman is the popular mid-range brand in the esteemed Taylors empire with a winemaking philosophy matching its flagship St Andrews range. Fruit for this quality release hails equally from the family’s Clare Valley headquarters and cool-climate Adelaide Hills. No disappointments ahead with this classy effort.
  • Matthew Jukes, 100 Best Australian Wines 2018/19

    Jan 2018
    A massive surprise in the brilliant Taylors portfolio is the 2016 Taylors Jaraman Chardonnay. I have never featured a Clare Chardonnay in 100 Best. Winemaker Adam Eggins is such a massive Chardonnay fan that I think he has put much effort into this wine as he does his beloved reds! Using 50% new Louis Latour barriques and blending the richer, orange blossom-scented Clare fruit with the more linear, tighter Adelaide Hills portion, this is a wine which draws on the best parts of both regions. It is uniquely scented and flavoured and this cross border blending technique has made a wine with amazing appeal and freshness. Adam says that this is a Clare present wrapped in Adelaide Hills wrapping paper, but I think of it as more of chess board of flavour with exact and complementary distribution of each region’s fruit throughout the whole experience. The Jaraman label was designed to celebrate the union of two regions’ fruit to make a wine where the sum is greater than the parts. The wine is a perfect case in point.