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Cabernet Shiraz 2016

Shiraz delivers rich and plump dark plum to the mid palate whilst blackcurrent, dark chocolate and mint characters from the Cabernet Sauvignon drives the finish.  Overall a sublimely complex and multi layered wine.

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$306.00 / case
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$360.00 / case
Expert Appraisals


  • Huon Hooke, The Real Review

    28 Aug 2021
    96 Points
    Intense spice, oak and dark-cherry aromas... rich, concentrated and powerful... It has tremendous potential.
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More Information
Region Clare Valley
Colour At release, the wine is a deep brick red with an evolving crimson hue.
Nose The wine displays complex, intermingling aromas of plums, spice and red fruits with subtle overtones of chocolate, mint and violets along with an appealing ‘tea-like’ herbaceousness and finally cedar and spice from high-quality oak maturation.
Palate The wine displays sublimely supple texture with fine tannins melding together for a mouth filling completeness. Shiraz delivers rich and plump dark plum to the mid palate whilst blackcurrent, dark chocolate and mint characters from the Cabernet Sauvignon drives the long and memorable finish. A complex, layered wine showing excellent evolution at release. (Cabernet Sauvignon 65% / Shiraz 35%).
Vintage Conditions In the Clare Valley, 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 The wine was matured in a combination of French (70%) and American (30%) oak barrels for a period of 22 months before being bottled.
Cellaring Notes Crafted for immediate enjoyment but will cellar over a long term under ideal conditions.
Alc%: 14.0
Acid: 6.86
PH: 3.47
Residual Sugar: 1.23
Wine Type: Red
Wine Body: Full
Blend or Single Variety: Single Variety
Pack Size: Single: 750ml bottle Case: 6 x 750ml bottle
  • 2021
  • Concours Mondial De Bruxelles
  • Trophy
  • 2021
  • Concours Mondial De Bruxelles
  • Grand Gold
  • 2021
  • Catavinum World Wine & Spirits Competition
  • Great Gold
  • 2021
  • Frankfurt International Wine Trophy
  • Gold
  • 2021
  • The Global Cabernet Sauvignon Masters
  • Gold
  • 2021
  • London Wine Competition
  • Silver
  • 2021
  • Paris Wine Cup
  • Silver
  • 2021
  • Sommeliers Choice Awards
  • Silver
  • 2021
  • Clare Valley Regional Wine Show
  • Bronze
  • Huon Hooke, The Real Review

    Sep 2021
    96 Points
    Very deep, dark, bright colour with a good tint of purple. Intense spice, oak and dark-cherry aromas, bright and vibrant, young and still settling in. Full-bodied, rich, concentrated and powerful, with a very long carry. Both the shiraz and cabernet can be discerned. This is still young and begs for more time. It has tremendous potential.
  • Angus Hughson, Wine Pilot

    Jun 2021
    94 Points
    ...While blends are becoming less and less fashionable the great Aussie blend of cabernet sauvignon and shiraz, or shiraz and cabernet sauvignon, still represents one of Australia’s greatest gifts to international fine wine. The Taylor family have resisted the temptation to go away from their Clare Valley base for this wine and have turned out a very impressive first release in that slightly rustic Clare Valley dry red style. Deeply coloured, it is crammed full of blackberry, baked earth and black pepper fruit which is matched by some quite decadent oak. The palate is then big and muscular, but balanced, with tarry liquorice fruits supported by a line of firm tannins. It is not overly varietal but is is a great drink and certainly has the stuffing to drink well over the next decade.
  • Ronn Weigand, Restaurant Wine

    Oct 2021
    5 Stars
    A wonderful blend: a supple, rich, finely balanced blend of very fine quality, displaying the structure and depth of Cabernet, and the luscious fruitiness of Shiraz. It is full budied, beginning to evolve in flavor (blackberry, cassis, plum, toast, tobacco, eucalyptus mint, black tea, vanilla), and long and mildly tannic on the finish. Delicious; drinks well now, but can be aged further. Aged 22 months in 70% French and 30% American oak barrels.