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St. Andrews

Shiraz 2015

Enormously flavoursome with rich fruit characters of black cherry, plum and ripe berries. American oak adds nuances of vanilla, cigar box, coffee and toast.

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Previous Vintages 2006, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014
Region Clare Valley
Colour At release, the wine has a concentrated ruby red colour with a dark mahogany hue to the edge.
Nose On the nose, the wine is complex and enticing with red berry fruits, dark chocolate, dusty spice, and hints of charcuterie, cigar box and roasted coffee.
Vintage Conditions In the Clare Valley, the growing season in the lead up to vintage 2015 saw slightly higher than average amounts of rainfall initially and then very little fell, making it the driest ever August recorded at the estate. These conditions were conducive to frost and there were 14 events recorded. The first evidence of budburst appeared in the last week of August which is relatively normal. Rainfall for spring was well below average, with further frost events recorded during this time. Not only was the spring weather extremely dry, it was also warm and windy. These conditions led to higher evapotranspiration (water loss), and despite our significant irrigation effort during October and November, still had a detrimental impact on flowering with resultant bunch numbers down on average. December and January were relatively mild, with rain falling during the second week of January. The moisture was a welcome relief after such a dry spring and the white varieties on the estate responding well for both yield and quality.
Oak Maturation A percentage of the wine was barrel fermented and the final blend was matured in high quality, water-bent American oak barrels for 20 months prior to filtering and bottling.
Cellaring Notes Crafted for immediate enjoyment but will cellar over a long term under ideal conditions.
Alc%: 14.3
Acid: 7.02
Residual Sugar: 0.99
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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  • Michael Franz, Wine Review Online

    Jan 2018
    96 Points
    This wine is packed with power, yet it never seems over-ripe or overwhelming, which is an impressive accomplishment in this weight class. Eucalyptus notes and wood spice lead the way with rich, red-toned fruit slathering the palate with ripe flavors that remain almost uncanny in their freshness through the wine’s very long finish. Acidity, wood, fruit and tannin remain perfectly proportional as the sensory impressions tail off, which is perhaps the single surest sign of a truly great wine.
  • Rich Cook, Wine Review Online

    Jan 2018
    94 Points
    Spot-on Aussie Shiraz that’s not shy about letting you know where it comes from, with bold blackberry and menthol aromas leading to a savory palate where the fruit matches the umami and menthol character beautifully. There’s a long life ahead here, but if you can’t wait, decant well and bring on the lamb.
  • Steve Creber, James Halliday Wine Companion

    Jan 2018
    94 Points
    Fermented in open-topped barrels, and then transferred back to (American) oak after pressing. Subsequent maturation for 20 months prior to bottling. It's ripe-fruited and American oaked but there's no denying the quality here. Aromatic and spicy on the bouquet, the sweetly-edged flavour on the palate is generous but refined, likewise the finely-grained tannin.
  • Christina Pickard, Wine Enthusiast

    Jan 2018
    90 Points
    This big luscious wine has lashings of black cherry, plum, chocolate, licorice, white pepper and dusting polish oak notes. Plush and juicy fruited, with American-oak-derived spice, this could be drunk now with a burger in one hand, or cellared for up to ten years.
  • Nick Stock, JamesSuckling.com

    Jan 2018
    90 Points
    The oak is dialed right up here. There's a strong vanilla and spice edge, sitting across the lightly peppery and ripe red plums. Iodine, too. The palate has plenty of tannin construct. There's a succulent mid-palate edge with slightly tangy red plums and raspberries to close. Drink now.
  • Nick Stock, JamesSuckling.com

    Jan 2018
    90 Points / 89 Points
    The oak is dialed right up here. There's a strong vanilla and spice edge, sitting across the lightly peppery and ripe red plums. Iodine, too. The palate has plenty of tannin construct. There's a succulent mid-palate edge with slightly tangy red plums and raspberries to close. Drink now. (90 Points) - Nick Stock Dark cherries, dark plums and spices, as well as coffee and dark chocolate. Full body, round tannins and a simple finish. Drink now. Screw cap. (89 Points)
  • Simon Hughes (aka Max Crus), Daily Examiner

    Jan 2019
    9.5 / 10
    As if Clare Valley shiraz isn’t reliably smart enough, the St Andrews reliably raises the smart bar. $70 is beginning to look about right.
  • Ronn Weigand MW, MS, Restaurant Wine

    Jan 2017
    5 Stars
    The 2015 is fleshy in texture and richly flavored; an impressive Shiraz that is full bodied, ripely flavored (blackberry, black licorice, cedar, tobacco, red licorice), well balanced, structured (with an American oak backbone), and very persistent on the finish. Warrants aging. Aged 20 months in American oak barrels.
  • Michael Cooper , Listener (NZ)

    Jan 2018
    5 Stars
    Dark and dense, this classy red was matured for 20 months in American oak barrels. Sturdy (14.5% alc/vol) and firmly structured, it is packed with youthful blackcurrant, red berry and spice flavours, deliciously ripe, complex and rich.
  • , Winestate

    Jan 2018
    5 Stars
    "A classic, top of the range, Aussie shiraz," commented one judge. "It has a huge 'wow' factor." Intense dark fruit freshness obvious on the nose and ripe blackberry flavours.
  • , Winestate

    Jan 2018
    4 Stars
  • Raymond Chan, Raymond Chan Wine Review

    Jan 2018
    19/20
    Saturated, purple-hued black-red colour. The nose is very bold, full and voluminous with well concentrated and dense aromas of very ripe blackberry fruit with liquorice, black plums and boysenberries, along with fragrant, spicy oak. This unfolds an amalgam of black pepper, Asian spices and earthy complexities. Full-bodied, the palate has rich, plump, bold and up-front flavours of sweetly ripe blackberries and black plums, along with boysenberries and liquorice, unveiling Asian spices and sweet oak. The palate has a succulent and opulent core supported by fine-grained tannin extraction and structure. The flavours blossom on the finish, growing in spiciness, decadence and opulence. This is a bold, up-front, succulently sweet and opulent Shiraz with ripe blackberry, plum and boysenberry fruit, and sweet oak on a finely structured palate, Match with roasted and grilled game meat over the next 7-10+ years. Fruit from the best blocks of the Taylors estate, fermented to 14.26% alc., the wine aged 20 months in 70% new American oak.
  • Andrew Graham, Australian Wine Review

    Jan 2018
    18/20 93/100
    Ultra ambitious Shiraz from Taylors. I admire it, even though it’s not my style at all (and not sure I could drink much). Deep purple, lavish vanilla bean oak dominates the nose and palate, generous and very smooth purple berry palate is a silken flow of juicy berries. The oak is way too dominant, but that flow of red fruit can’t be denied. Very full bodied, very luscious but in its mode this molten, chunky wine is still very appealing (if oaky). Best drinking: I’d wait five years before attacking again. Then it will go for twenty years. Would I buy it? Not yet.
  • Matthew Jukes, 100 Best Australian Wines 2018/19

    Jan 2018
    Winemaker Adam Eggins giggles when he told me a story about sending a few of his wines over to a wine competitipn in Argentina. ‘We bombed the show with our wines!’ He scooped Golds and Trophies with every wine and it apparently left the wine show dazed and confused! Hilarious. The was one of the wines that romped home and I am not remotely surprised because it is sensational. Adam fits more oak than is thought possible into this wine and the fruit just gobbles it up. Barrel fermentation protects his elite Shiraz fruit, allowing it to maintain its freshness, and grip and it is apparently something to do with a ketone lactone anthocyanin bridge, which is beyond my understanding, but whatever this means it is working a treat in the Taylors wines. Incredibly indulgent and with a sumptuous texture and decadent finish, there is something going on at Taylors which makes these wines seriously attractive and I have to say that is probably Adam!
  • John Fordham, Sunday Telegraph

    Jan 2018
    This Clare Valley family winery’s flagship St Andrews label represents the finest example of fruit and winemaking excellence. This vintage has claimed more than 20 awards recognising its status as one of our finest shirazes. Rich and deep peppery flavours with commendable structure and balance.
  • John Fordham, Sunday Telegraph

    Jan 2018
    THIS Clare Valley family winery’s flagship St Andrews label represents the finest example of fruit and winemaking excellence. This vintage has claimed more than 20 awards recognising its status as one of our finest shirazes. Rich and deep peppery flavours with commendable structure and balance.
  • Huon Hooke, The Real Review

    Jan 2018
    Deep red/purple colour with a rich, dark chocolate, mocha bouquet with lashings of oak and overtones of fruitcake and preserved plums. It's rich and full-bodied, plump and fleshy, with drying savoury tannins which are well-balanced by generous flavour. Don't be too put off by the oaky nose: it's a delicious, almost opulent style of shiraz, full-bodied and cuddly. Very satisfying.
  • , Winestate

    Jan 2019
    “A classic, top of the range, Aussie shiraz,” commented one judge. “It has a huge ‘wow’ factor.” Intense dark fruit freshness obvious on the nose and ripe blackberry flavours.
  • Harry Crowther, The Buyer

    Jan 2019
    Classic Clare, wonderfully elegant, lifted florals line up ahead of smoky leather. So much energy, almost a nervous energy though, tension. Subtle cedar in the mouth, opulent cassis. Layers of flavour and dimension in this one, lengthy and drinking beautifully.