The Visionary

Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

This pinnacle release Cabernet Sauvignon is crafted from the very finest fruit selection and is entirely estate grown and bottled on the Taylor family estate in the Clare Valley, South Australia.

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Region Clare Valley
Colour At release, the wine displays a pristine clarity and brilliance in the glass with excellent deep ruby hue and a deep, dark core.
Nose Perfumed and concentrated with great focus and balance between exuberant fresh vinosity and fine-grain oak that closes around the youthful bouquet and keeps it in check.
Palate The wine is beautiful in the mouth, with classic savoury tannins and yet an explosive core of generously proportioned cassis and dark fruits at its heart. Finely stated oak tannins and vinous richness intertwine perfectly on the palate and lead to a thoroughly satisfying, elegant and tightly-defined finish, full of great promise for an extended and highly rewarding maturation in the cellar.
Vintage Conditions The 2010 growing season in the Clare Valley commenced with above average winter/spring rainfall which filled profiles in the soil to saturation points not seen in the past three seasons. During flowering in November an unprecedented heat wave occurred; the Clare Valley experienced 13 consecutive days above 30?C. This heat-wave coincided with the peak of vine flowering, which resulted in reduced yields across almost all varieties at harvest. The heat-wave was finally broken by some much needed rainfall, which reinvigorated the vines perfectly. 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 and in particular, resulting in wines of extraordinary character
Oak Maturation Post MLF, the wine was transferred to a selection of fine-grained French oak barrels ?60% in new oak and the balance in a selection of one year old barrels, specifically selected for their subtle savoury characters. After 13 months maturation, a barrel selection assessment was undertaken to identify those parcels deemed as ?xceptional?and these were blended and then returned to barrel for a further 12 months maturation prior to bottling.
Cellaring Notes Immediately approachable but will cellar well in ideal conditions for up to 20 years from vintage date.
Alc%: 13.5
Acid: 6.28
Residual Sugar: 0.3
Wine Type: Red
Wine Body: Full
Blend or Single Variety: Single Variety
Pack Size: Single: 750ml bottle Case: 3 x 750ml bottle
  • Joe Roberts, 1 Wine Dude

    Jan 2015
    A
    Somehow savory & lush, minty but dark, approachable yet an infant now.
  • Tony Keys, The Keys Report

    Jan 2014
    97 points
    Taylors ‘The Visionary’ Clare Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2010: TLC from vineyard through winey and into bottle is what the accompanying notes tell about this wine. It’s true and shows on the nose then across the palate, this is a wine that all Australia can be proud of, $180 may seem expensive but remember when Grange was a $150 (not that long ago) 97 points and worth the money.
  • Robert Whitley, Wine Review Online

    Jan 2015
    97
    Among the finest red wines in the world, there is little doubt Australia has its share in the lineup. Taylors, for my money, is right there alongside Penfolds and Henschke and likely a few others. It's best Shiraz, St. Andrews, is as good as it gets, and The Visionary Cabernet Sauvignon takes a back seat to no one. This vintage is a powerhouse, an impressive Cab that won't even begin to strut its best stuff for another decade. Richly layered, exhibiting black fruits, spice and a hint of eucalyptus, you could sit on this wine for a couple of decades and it wouldn't miss a beat. One for the ages.
  • Tony Keys, The Keys Report

    Jan 2014
    97
    TLC from vineyard through winey and into bottle is what the accompanying notes tell about this wine. It’s true and shows on the nose then across the palate, this is a wine that all Australia can be proud of, $180 may seem expensive but remember when Grange was a $150 (not that long ago) 97 points and worth the money.
  • Huon Hooke, HuonHooke.com

    Jan 2016
    96/100
    Deep, rich red colour with the faintest of purple tinges, the bouquet loaded with blackcurrant, raspberry and subtle leafy nuances. It's very full-bodied and powerful, with very concentrated flavour and masses of tannins, which are firmer than the St Andrews cabernet, but also smooth and fleshy. The finish is very long and satisfying. It's a big, oak-driven style like its stablemate the Pioneer shiraz, but after six years, the cabernet fruit has the upper hand. (Second vintage. A tribute to the founder, Bill Taylor senior)
  • James Halliday, James Halliday Wine Companion

    Jan 2015
    95/100
    Presented in a super-heavyweight, tall bottle with expensive labelling, this certainly looks the part, however heavy its carbon footprint must be. The wine opens with sweet cassis fruit, then cedary oak begins its song, powdery tannins providing the drum beat. Difficult to achieve more in the Clare Valley with cabernet.
  • Bob Johnson & Glenn Frederiksen, Winelines Online

    Jan 2014
    95 points
    Lavishly oaked, this wine has a sweet and seductive aroma, and one senses a rich core of dark fruits bubbling beneath the oak cloak. Plush rather than fleshy, the palate reveals minty eucalyptus and oodles of blackberry, boysenberry and loganberry fruit that falls delectably between creamy and jammy. In the long, lingering finish, a note of licorice root emerges. Even deeper and more layered than the 2009 vintage, yet ready to drink now with splash decanting — or lay it down for up to 25 years.
  • Josh Raynolds, Vinous

    Jan 2016
    92/100
    (fermented and aged for two years in two-thirds new French oak): Glass-staining ruby. Deeply pitched cassis, blueberry, licorice and fruitcake scents, along with suggestions of vanilla and candied flowers. Broad, sweet and seamless, offering intense dark fruit liqueur and mocha flavors enlivened by peppery spices and a hint of smoky minerality. Smoothly combines richness and energy, with supple tannins shaping a strikingly long floral finish.
  • Anthony Dias Blue, The Tasting Panel

    Jan 2015
    92
    Bright and tangy with smooth flavors and deep spice; rich and juicy with concentrated plum and earth; smooth and dense.
  • Ronn Weigand, Restaurant Wine

    Jan 2014
    5 stars
    Screw cap. The second vintage of this bottling, named in honor of Taylors's founder, Bill Taylor. This wine is not quite as opulent as the 2009 but shows more refinement in terms of both flavor and structure. It is an exceptional wine: intensely flavored, full bodied, and crisp; a youthful wine with years of development ahead. In aroma/flavor, it tastes of blackberry, black currant, loganberry jam, mint, toast, vanilla, roasted nut, and red licorice. Extremely long aftertaste. Superb. Produced from the best fruit from the family’s Auburn estate.
  • Richard Hemming MW, Jancis Robinson

    Jan 2018
    17+ Points
    Black cherry, sweet spice, fluffy tannins that are still maturing nicely, and there’s loads of primary fruit too. Juicy, balanced and there should be more complexity in prospect, because the fruit is dominant right now.
  • Matthew Jukes, Top 100 Wines

    Jan 2014
    2010 Taylors The Visionary Exceptional Parcel Release Cabernet Sauvignon Clare Valley, SA £85 Last year I launched the 2009 The Visionary on my Roadshow and was lucky enough to pour bottle No. 1 at one of the events - Instagram finally makes sense when these one off photo opportunities occur! I hoped and prayed that this terrifically hard-working winery would continue making this future-icon wine, particularly because the 2010 is my favourite young SA vintage for red wines. When the samples package arrived from Australia I tore it open like Edward Scissorhands and then stood back and looked at the whole Taylors range before me. I placed 2010 The Visionary in last position on my tasting bench and started with the Promised Land range. It took far too long to reach this wine because there were so many highlilghts along the way and you will read about them all in this report. Needless to say when I reached this wine I was already on a massive crescendo of flavour and excitement and only a truly great wine would do. The nose was magnifificent. The fruit was commanding and the Super Tuscan-style wild herbs and dusting of spice could only come from Clare. There was also raucous density whithin this inky black wine. This is a leviathan with breathtaking tannins and a towering blackcurrent fruit. However, unlike the 2010 St Andrews Cabernet it seemed to be more balanced and less obvioulsy youthful. This was clearly an illusion but nevertheless there was a promiscuity about this wine that completely caught me unawares. You simply must taste this wine - it really does live up to its name.