St. Andrews

Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

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, 2010, 2012
Region Clare Valley
Colour At release, the wine is a deep, dark garnet colour with a subtle purple hue to the edge.
Nose The wine has an enticing, lifted aroma of ripe blackcurrants, choc mint, subtle spice and a hint of dried tomato leaf. The overall nose character is one of richness and elegance.
Vintage Conditions The growing season in the lead up to vintage 2014 saw average autumn & winter rainfall. During winter, the daily max temperature was in line with long term averages, resulting in the first budburst in late August. The rainfall for spring was below average; however vine vigour was still good due to subsurface moisture. At the start of December a cool change and 16mm of rain allowed the vines to freshen up. The rest of December & start of January were dry & warm with thankfully no heatwaves due to regular cool changes. From mid-Jan to mid-Feb hot conditions prevailed which delayed veraison. Harvest commenced early due to the heat. On Feb 14 the heat and harvest were both brought to a sudden stop by a big downpour. For the rest of February conditions were mild with daytime temperatures cooler than average. The cooler conditions retained acid levels in grapes and slowed sugar development allowing time for flavours to develop. The mild conditions continued through March, allowing ideal tannin & flavour development to occur in the red varieties.
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 (40% new, 60% 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%: 14.5
Acid: 6.78
Residual Sugar: 0.53
Wine Type: Red
Wine Body: Full
Blend or Single Variety: Single Variety
Pack Size: Single: 750ml bottle Case: 6 x 750ml bottle
  • , Wine Showcase

    Sep 2016
  • Peter Chapman, Witsunday Times

    Jun 2017
    Big, bold and bountiful as dark berries and coffee dominate the flavours.
  • Bob Campbell MW, Real Review

    Aug 2017
    Bright, fresh and concentrated cabernet sauvignon with pure cassis, blackberry, black olive, herb, mineral and spicy oak flavours. A high energy wine with good acidity and clearly plenty of potential.
  • Glen Frederiksen, WineLinesOnline

    Oct 2016
    94/100 Hedonistic Pleasure
    An opaque purple/crimson color in the glass. Intense aromas of concentrated blackberry and cassis are complemented by wood shadings of chocolate, mint, and a wisp of eucalyptus. A smooth and seductive black fruit entry to the palate gives way to notes of cigar box, leading to youthful, fine tannins at the back. This red shows a claret-like elegance and balance which should continue to provide pleasure over the next 15+ years. While perfect at a formal dinner table with all manner of prepared red meats, it is hard not to want to just grab the bottle and retire to a quiet corner, sip it, and slip into a reverie.
  • Joe Czerwinski, Wine Enthusiast

    Feb 2017
    93/100 Top 100 Cellar Selection 2017
    The Taylor family was founded as a Cabernet-focused estate. While the range has expanded over time, Cabernet Sauvignon remains a strength. Brown sugar and cedar frame cassis fruit on the nose; the palate shows just enough juicy, mouthwatering fruit to support the ample oak. This is full bodied yet supple, with crisp acids showing on the finish.
  • , Decanter Magazine

    Apr 2017
    Roasted coffee and blackcurrant aromas trip effortlessly onto a creamy, rich palate, where a fabulous sweetness comes out behind herbal, chamomile tones. This is balanced beautifully by a cool, zippy acid core. A modern, vibrant, showy Cabernet made superbly.
  • Josh Raynolds, Vinous Media

    Oct 2017
    Youthful violet. An expansive bouquet evokes candied cherry, black currant and vanilla, along with suggestions of sandalwood, licorice and woodsmoke. At once concentrated and lively, offering sweet, focused black and blue fruit and spicecake flavors and a touch of star anise. Smooth, harmonious tannins add shape to an impressively long, sweet finish that echoes the spice and vanilla notes. Even though this wine clocks in at 14.98 percent alcohol, I don't detect any undue weight or heat, which is probably a function of its relatively low (3.49) pH.
  • Anthony Dias Blue, Tasting Panel

    Dec 2016
    92/100 Outstanding
    The venerable South Australian winery, founded in 1969, was originally inspired by Bordeaux. Their signature Cabernet is spicy and rich with lovely ripe plum and soft herbs.
  • Rich Cook, WineReviewOnline

    Nov 2016
    Looking for an unabashedly bold expression of Aussie Cabernet? Look no further than this vibrant mouth-filling wine that's got great blackberry and menthol, with notes of dried herb, cassis and spice on the nose and the palate, with a firm grip that keeps things together. I like it now, but some aging will really show its charms. I'd say ten years isn't out of line.
  • Rich Cook, Wine Reviews Online

    Jan 2017
    Looking for an unabashedly bold expression of Aussie Cabernet? Look no further than this vibrant mouth-filling wine that's got great blackberry and menthol, with notes of dried herb, cassis and spice on the nose and the palate, with a firm grip that keeps things together. I like it now, but some aging will really show its charms. I'd say ten years isn't out of line. Nice!
  • Nick Stock,

    Jul 2017
    This delivers handy depth of cassis, blue plum and red currant cabernet character. Tarry, savory notes with a wealth of rich tannins and succulent punchy acid. The depth here is good. Drink now to 2025.
  • Isaac Baker, Terroirist

    Jan 2017
    Dark purple color. Aromas of rich currants, plum skins, gushing blackberry, but lots of sweet tobacco, rich earth, violets, smashed rocks and iron. Full-bodied and saucy but vibrant acidity balances out nicely with the sturdy tannins. Deep black currants and black cherries, loaded with coffee, loamy soil, grilled herbs, graphite, roasted chestnut. Density for aging but it opens up nicely with just a little air. Gorgeous Clare Valley Cab! Aged 18 months in 40% new French oak.
  • MaryAnn Worobiec, Wine Spectator

    Feb 2017
    The chocolate-laced cherry and blackberry flavors are rich and thick, with plenty of spice and black tea notes lingering. A dried rosemary detail hangs on the finish. Drink now through 2026.
  • Ronn Weigand MW, MS, Restaurant Wine

    Dec 2017
    5 stars
    Concentrated, young Cabernet of exceptional quality. It is full bodied, rich, somewhat tannic yet balanced, and very long on the finish, tasting of blackberry, cassis, cherry, eucalyptus, vanilla, cedar, and oak. A wine of great depth, complexity, and structure. Warrants aging.
  • , Drinks Biz

    Aug 2017
    Australia is no stranger to big reds, but here's a wine made slightly off the beaten track because it's a Cabernet Sauvignon from the Clare Valley rather than the better known Cabernet regions of Coonawarra and Margaret River. Dry as a bone, full-bodied, intensely flavoursome, it is made from very ripe grapes, which provide depth of colour as well as flavours of powerful black fruit and big smooth tannins. Drinks well now but will improve over a decade. A keeper.
  • Richard Hemming MW, Jancis Robinson

    May 2018
    17.5 Points
    Deliciously rich nose with earth, smoke, cassis, spice and chocolate. So unashamedly Aussie, with pure varietal character and rich, forthright flavours with proper bottle-age development giving complexity.
  • Richard Hemming MW, Jancis Robinson

    Nov 2018
    17 Points
    Lovely pure cassis fruit with a strong smoke character and confected cassis fruit. Excellent purity and elegance on the palate. Furry, fine tannins, juicy and elegant with that characteristic clarity of varietal expression of the producer.
  • Winsor Dobbin,

    Jul 2017
    I've been very impressed with the wines from Taylor's recently. From the entry level Promised Land wines to premium offerings like this one, there is a definite line of quality. There are some that immediately strike a chord; and this is one of them, a delightfully put-together cabernet sauvignon crafted from Clare Valley vines that were first planted in 1892 on terra rossa soils over limestone. This is a wine that combines power and complexity; with flavour profiles ranging from cassis to dark olives. A wine of structure and refinement.