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Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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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Previous Vintages 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 Blackcurrants, dark plum, cassis, mocha, cedar, cigar box & subtle choc mint.
Palate Rich & complex with understated elegance. Classic blackcurrant, dark cherry and mint characters intertwine perfectly with the hallmark long, fine tannins on the palate. There is a subtle, underlying smoky, charred oak character and a hint of roasted coffee grounds on the back palate. The finish is perfectly poised and boldly declares the stature of the wine; full of the potential for greatness.
Vintage Conditions In the Clare Valley, growing conditions leading up to vintage 2013 could best be described as benign, apart from a frost event of mid-October which impacted several blocks on our estate vineyards. There were few significant rainfall events over the growing period with the season being described overall as dry. The first week of December saw a 30mm down pour which was a season changer. Without the rain event, the overall yields from 2013 would have been very low. Harvest conditions were ideal with the first varieties picked in early February. Our winemakers report that quality is outstanding across all varieties, with excellent acid balance & flavour development displayed in the resultant wines.
Oak Maturation The wine was afforded extended skin contact before pressing. The wine was then transferred to fine-grained French oak barrels - 40 % in new oak & the balance in 2-3 year old barrels. After 12 months a barrel selection assessment identified 'exceptional' parcels to return to barrel for another 6 months prior to bottling.
Cellaring Notes Immediately approachable but will cellar well in ideal conditions for up to 20 years from vintage date.
Alc%: 14.4
Acid: 6.39
Residual Sugar: 0.39
Wine Type: Red
Wine Body: Full
Blend or Single Variety: Single Variety
Pack Size: Single: 750ml bottle Case: 3 x 750ml bottle
  • 2016
  • China Wine & Spirit Awards
  • Double Gold
  • 2013
  • The Global Cabernet Sauvignon Masters
  • Gold
  • 2016
  • MUNDUS VINI International Wine Awards
  • Gold
  • 2017
  • Concours International Des Cabernets
  • Gold
  • Rich Cook, WineReviewOnline

    May 2017
    This is the second vintage that I've had the opportunity to taste, and my notes are nearly identical to the 2010 I tasted in 2015. Classic Cabernet that isn't ashamed of its regional minty character, but doesn't overplay its hand, allowing the fruit and spice notes to speak clearly. Age-worthy structure and lively acidity bode well for the long haul, but you may not make it very long, especially if you like that mint character on the bright side. A fine tribute to founder Bill Taylor.
  • Meredith May, Tasting Panel Magazine

    Aug 2017
    Exquisitely presented red and blue fruit; sherry and boysenberry with a touch of raisin ‘ripasso’. Sensually sound on the palate, round and juicy with a drying effect, headed by spearmint, underbrush, mocha and violets.
  • Panel, Drinks Trade

    May 2018
    93 Points
    Spearmint but with a presence. Raw acid & tannins but the extra bottle age has softened the edges (Andrew Graham, Online Communications Manager, Cracka Wines)
  • Isaac James Baker, Terroirist

    Nov 2018
    93 Points
    Dark purple color. Deep, wafting aromas of blackberries, boysenberry and blueberry, rich but crunchy, with mint, anise, wet earth, cedar forest, some vanilla and warm cocoa. Full-bodied with serious grip but the tannins show some velvetiness, too, and the acidity is great and the mouthfeel is lovely. Tart black cherries, black currants, plum skins, along with cocoa, anise, coffee, and complex tobacco, graphite, earth, forest floor. Beautiful, a fresher feel than the 2014, expressive in youth, although this can also age for quite some time. Aged 20 months in French oak.
  • MaryAnn Worobiec, Wine Spectator

    May 2017
    92/100 Outstanding
    Expressive and richly fragrant, with nutmeg, clove, cigar box and black tea notes and a core of dense huckleberry and plum flavors. The aromas expand on the finish, where a smoky detail gains momentum. Drink now through 2027.
  • Nick Stock,

    Jul 2017
    A gently lifted edge with a sheen of baking spices, ripe purple cherry and cassis fruits as well as a minty, leafy edge. The palate's rich and dense and the oak is nicely subsumed into the fruit. Slightly pudding-like texture through the finish. Drink now to 2025.
  • Christina Pickard, Wine Enthusiast

    Jun 2018
    92 Points
    From the relatively cooler climes of the Clare Valley, this is a dense and broody, yet multifaceted wine expressing red current, menthol, licorice, cola, black pepper and sweet oak on the nose. The palate is full bodied to be sure but it’s clear that this wine is in it for the long haul. Everything is in place, from ultrafine tannins to a silky texture, all held together with plenty of plush fruit and savoriness. Drink 2010–2022
  • Michael Cooper , Listener (NZ)

    Aug 2018
    5 Stars
    Built for the long haul, this very refined red was matured for an unusually long period in French oak barrels. Enticingly fragrant, it is complex, dark and robust (14.5% alc/vol), with notably concentrated blackcurrant, plum and nut flavours.
  • Raymond Chan, Raymond Chan Wine Review

    Jul 2018
    Very dark, deep, black-hued ruby-red colour, a little lighter on the rim with a suggestion of garnet. The nose is deeply packed and concentrated with very ripe aromas of blackcurrants, blackberries and cassis liqueur, beautifully and harmoniously integrated with ethereal noses of spice, herbs, and cedary, pencilly oak. The volume and detail are allied with complexing nuances, and the aromatics exude finesse. Full-bodied, the palate has a sweetly rich, deep and succulent core of ripe blackcurrant fruit with cassis and blackcurrants, melded with mint herbs and cedary, pencilly oak. The wine has strong linearity and the fruit is supported by fine-grained tannin extraction providing a firm core and plenty of drive. The acidity lends freshness and tension, and the wine carries to a very long, sweet finish of blackcurrants, cassis and cedar. This is a wonderfully rich and concentrated Cabernet Sauvignon with deep and sweet flavours of blackcurrant, blackberries , cassis and mint and exotic, cedary oak with plenty of structure, grip and length. Match with roasted lamb or beef over the next 12-15+ years. A barrel selection wine. Fruit from the best blocks including ‘A70’ on the ‘St. Andrews’ vineyard and old vine fruit from ‘the Taylor family’, fermented to 14.4% alc., the wine aged 12 months in 40% new French oak, and after selection, given a further 6 months barrel maturation.
  • Richard Hemming MW, Jancis Robinson

    Nov 2018
    17.5 Points
    Powerful, juicy, fruit-driven style with loads of fluffy tannin giving firm structure and powerful concentration – yet it isn’t a monster; there is shading and interest here. Plenty of oak spice on the finish, with lots of modern, expressive blackcurrant ripeness.
  • Julia Harding MW, Jancis Robinson

    Jan 2019
    17 Points
    Deep smudgy garnet. Minty and lively dark fruit on the nose. A touch medicinal and leafy but no lack of dark fruit. Lovely scent. Chewy and rich but fresh on the palate, real depth of fruit without heaviness and a hint of savoury tar on the finish to add further complexity. Tannins are still firm but fully integrated.