St. Andrews

Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Complex and elegant, offering rich fruit characters of cassis and blackcurrant with earthy nuances. French oak giving hints of cedar and tobacco to finish.

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Previous Vintages 2009
Region Clare Valley
Colour At release, the wine is a dark red colour with a faint brick red hue to the edge. The depth and intensity of the colour means it should hold for many years to come.
Nose The wine has an enticing, lifted bouquet of violets, blackcurrants, blackberry and a hint of chocolate. The overall aroma is one of understated richness and elegance.
Vintage Conditions The 2010 growing season in the Clare Valley commenced with above average winter/spring rainfall.. During flowering in November an unprecedented heat wave occurred; the Clare Valley experienced 13 consecutive days above 30 degrees C. This heat-wave coincided with the peak of vine flowering, which resulted in reduced yields. The heat-wave was finally broken by some much needed rainfall, which reinvigorated the vines. While temperatures were a little higher than average during late January and February, the evenings and mornings were cool and mild, contributing to favourable sugar, flavour and tannin ripening conditions resulting in wines of extraordinary character.
Oak Maturation Post primary fermentation, the wine was allowed a period of extended skin contact before being pressed and transferred to French oak barrels to complete the secondary malolactic fermentation. Once MLF was completed, the wine was racked off lees, fined and then then transferred back to fine-grained French oak barrels (50% 1 year old, 50% 2 - 3 year old) for maturation. After a period of 18 months oak maturation and minimal filtration, the wine was bottled.
Cellaring Notes Crafted for immediate enjoyment but will cellar over a long term under ideal conditions.
Alc%: 14
Acid: 6.29
Residual Sugar: 0.35
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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  • Anthony Rose, Decanter

    Jan 2014
    95
    The Taylor family is somewhat Unsung Clare Valley Hero, having been crafting its good-value Taylors brand across a spectrum of wines for decades. The addition of the St Andrews range has justifiably raised the Taylors profile, and this suculently full-flavoured red shows why drink 2014 -2023 Taylors has been on a mission to lift its game from some years, employing top-level Australian winemaking consultants to provide guidance. This family-owned company is privileged to have more then 500ha, making it by far the largest vineyard owner in the Clare Valley. Its flagship St Andrews range receives the best of its fruit from the 1892 vineyard of the same name, home to some of the oldest vines on the family estate. Fine-grained French and American oak provide support to the wine without distracting from excellent fruit definition. BC More savoury aromas of fruit and leather, plus lovely, fine grained tannins; well put together. Quite light for Clare Valley, but in a good way - it works; great acidity and purity. PM Eucalyptus, lifted nose, Black cherry, enticing, round, sweet fruit. Very harmonious, integrated, ripe tannins, elegant and long. Will provide great drinking pleasure. A brilliant Shiraz. AR Good colour and aromatics. An opulent style of sweet dark berry, a touch of mint and very juicy; succulent sweet fruit nicely balanced by savoury acidity that brings an elegant flourish to the finish. Drink 2014-2023.
  • Joe Czerwinski, Wine Enthusiast

    Jan 2015
    93
    Dried herb and tobacco accent a mix of red and black fruit in this silky-textured wine. Vanilla and menthol notes add more nuance on the nose, while the red fruit lingers legantly on the long, velvety finish. Drink now–2025
  • Anthony Gismondi, Anthony Gismondi on Wine

    Jan 2017
    91/100
    This single vineyard Clare Valley cabernet sauvignon is sourced from the historic St. Andrews property, first planted in 1892. Classic terra rossa soils atop a limestone base yield this refined cab, the riper red and black fruit showing some softening at the corners, but holding the bright freshness. Ample leather, dried cherry and tobacco leaf lead, with cherry, thorny cassis and cedar bringing up the rear. Eighteen months in French oak are integrating well into the fruit, with lengthy tannins straddling ripe and grippy. Sweet spices and warm ripeness (14.5 percent alcohol) gives this a generosity that is well suited to roast pork if drinking now. Otherwise, continue to cellar for another few years.
  • Treve Ring, Quench Magazine

    Jan 2016
    91/100
    Refined Cab, red and black fruit showing some softening at the corners, but holding the bright freshness. Ample leather, dried cherry and tobacco leaf lead, with cherry, thorny cassis and cedar bringing up the rear. 18 months French oak are inegrating well into the fruit with lengthy tannins straddling ripe and grippy. Sweet spices and warm ripeness gives this a generosity that is well suited to roast pork if drinking now. Otherwise, continue to cellar for another few years.
  • Beverage Testing Institute, Tastings.com

    Jan 2013
    91
    Opaque with a deep brick rim and stained legs. Aromas of black raspberry, eucalyptus, black currant, dried lingonberry, wild berries, vanilla bean, black licorice, leather, tilled black soil and mocha java. Rich and chewy tannins and a palate packed with cherry jam, black raspberry compote, vanilla, clove and mace. Deep, dark fruit and spice are well balanced on the long, toothsome, dry finish.
  • Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator

    Jan 2014
    91
    Taylors Cabernet Sauvignon Clare Valley St. Andrews Single Vineyard Release 2010 Firm tannins surround a lean core of ripe currant and blackberry flavors, hinting at licorice as the finish lingers. Shows depth and density without excess weight. Drink now through 2018.—H.S.
  • Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator

    Jan 2014
    91
    Firm tannins surround a lean core of ripe currant and blackberry flavors, hinting at licorice as the finish lingers. Shows depth and density without excess weight. Drink now through 2018. 250 cases imported. –HS
  • Glen Frederiksen, Winelines Online

    Jan 2014
    90
    Nearly opaque plum/crimson in color, this nicely perfumed wine has a varietal nose of cassis, bell pepper, mint and dill, along with a streak of blackberry and subtle notes of graphite and cedar. There’s plenty of upfront fruit flavor and a thick black licorice quality, leading to a long finish with dusty, well-integrated tannins.
  • Huon Hooke, The Real Review

    Jan 2019
    88 Points
    Big strong minty and tomato bush cabernet aromas; the wine is big and bold, and lacks elegance. It has masses of flavour, big fruit, really fills the mouth, but the acid is noticeable and the tannins are heavy-handed and grippy, even at this age. It has the shrillness and hardness of so many minty Aussie reds. 26/2/2019
  • , Wine Align

    Jan 2016
    This single vineyard Clare Valley cabernet sauvignon is sourced from the historic St. Andrews property, first planted in 1892. Classic terra rossa soils atop a limestone base yield a refined cabernet Sweet spices and warm ripeness (14.5 percent alcohol) gives this a generosity that is well suited to roast pork if drinking now. Otherwise, continue to cellar for another few years.
  • Fredric Koeppel, Bigger Than Your Head

    Jan 2014
    …. and it’s not from Napa Valley or Alexander Valley or Paso Robles. No, it hails from the Clare Valley in South Australia, a region that I associate more with superb riesling than cabernet sauvignon, but I’m happy to have my horizons expanded. The Taylor family, wine merchants in Sydney, searched for the right location in keeping with their idea of well-balanced wines and found what they were looking for in 1969, a178-hectare vineyard — about 380 acres — near the Wakefield River in Clare Valley, about 120 kilometers north of Adelaide. Mitchell Taylor is managing director and third-generation winemaker; chief winemaker is Adam Eggins. So, the Taylors St Andrews Single Vineyard Release Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Clare Valley, offers a transparent medium ruby color and beguiling aromas of mint and iodine, cassis and blueberry, lavender and violets, all borne on deeply rooted elements of briers, loam and graphite. Black and blue fruit flavors are distinctly spicy in the cloves, allspice and mocha range, with a lingering hint of sandalwood; tannins are finely sifted and polished, while any wood influence, from 18 months in French oak barrels, 50 percent new, the rest two and three years old, is firm, subtle and supple. There’s energy and eloquence here, expressed in a feeling of resonance bolstered by vibrant acidity, yet nothing flamboyant or opulent; rather a sense of elementary power married to deftly balanced elegance. The finish is long and packed with dried spice, notes of underbrush and granitic minerality, bringing in a touch of austerity. 14.5 percent alcohol. Now through 2018 to ’20. We gladly drank this with grilled pork chops and mashed sweet potatoes and pan gravy. 250 cases were imported. Excellent. About $60.
  • , Drinks Weekly

    Jan 2014
    Deep in colour with a faint purple hue. Bouquet of ripe blackcurrants, violet and chocolate. Distinct varietal flavours, with well-balanced oak, tannin and fruit. Rich fruit layers build on the palate and are balanced by fine long tannis, spice, coffee and chocolate. An elegant wine.