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2015 Taylors St Andrews Clare Valley Shiraz

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Our Price: $47.99 / bottle (RRP: $70.00) Case: 6 x 750ml

Winner of over 18 Gold and Double Gold Medals, this is the greatest St Andrews Shiraz released in years.

  • Named after the historic property first established in 1892. A true reflection of the terroir, St. Andrews wines exemplify the very best of handcrafted Clare Valley winemaking. The first Taylors St. Andrews wines were released in 1999 and have developed a reputation as benchmark examples of great Clare Valley wine. As our flagship, St Andrews is only released in the finest vintages.

    This 2015 Shiraz is enormously flavoursome with rich fruit characters of black cherry, plum and ripe berries. American oak adds nuances of vanilla, cigar box, coffee and toast.

  • WINEMAKER'S NOTES

    Vinification - Once harvested, the grapes for this wine were taken the short distance to the winery where they were gently de-stemmed to protect the vibrant fruit characters and minimise any maceration and extraction of harsh tannins. The fruit was then transferred to headless barrels and inoculated with a specialist Shiraz yeast strain for fermentation. The fermenting must was hand-plunged twice daily to aid gentle extraction and then the wine was left to soak on skins for a further 2 weeks. Once pressed, the wine was then transferred back to the same oak barrels to complete its secondary malolactic fermentation. After completing malolactic fermentation, the wine was racked off lees prior to final blending. The blended wine was then transferred to high quality water-bent American oak barrels and matured for 20 months prior to filtering and bottling.

    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.

    Clare Valley - St Andrews vineyard, blocks G70. Small quantities were also selected from the Eighty Acres and ‘S’ blocks. These contain some of the oldest vines on the family estate.

    Acid - 7.02
    Alc - 14.26%
    pH - 3.57
    Residual Sugar - 0.99

    TASTING NOTES

    At release, the wine has a concentrated ruby red colour with a dark mahogany hue to the edge. 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. On the palate, the wine is rich and complex with layers of flavour. Dark berry fruits combine with lashings of coffee, chocolate and spice from high quality oak. The fruit and oak weight create a multidimensional palate which is defined with well-balanced, elegant tannins. This is a very generous wine with textural complexity and long, persistent flavours.

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

  • REVIEWS

    Previous Vintage

    12 Gold Medals
    6 Double Gold Medals

    'Machine-harvested, destemmed not crushed, 4 days cold soak, 10-14 days fermentation, 8-12 weeks post-ferment maceration, matured for 22 months in American oak (50% new). This is extreme winemaking, full of traps, but you have to say it worked. The wine manages to absorb the American oak without castrating the fruit, and has excellent length.'

    95 Points - James Halliday



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