Taylors `St Andrews` Shiraz 1998 (3x 750ml), Clare Valley. Cork

All artists have a signature. A mark that signifies everything they stand for in a few elegant strokes. For Taylors, St Andrews is that signature. Every bottle is a testament to our winemaking philosophy and a showcase for our hand-crafted approach to 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.

Overview

All artists have a signature. A mark that signifies everything they stand for in a few elegant strokes. For Taylors, St Andrews is that signature. Every bottle is a testament to our winemaking philosophy and a showcase for our hand-crafted approach to 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.

Region:
SA - Clare Valley
State:
South Australia
Country:
Australia

Expert Reviews

Deep red-purple; an outstanding wine with an abundance of rich, ripe, dark cherry and plum fruit, with great depth and structure to an outstanding palate. Certainly, oak plays a role, but it is both balanced and integrated. Placed first in the 2001 Great Australian Shiraz Challenge. Rating: 96, Drink By: 2015, Date Tasted: 13 Sep 2001, James Halliday

"Put your seatbelt on, I tasted twenty Clare Valley Shirazs blind and picked this one as the winner on exuberence, flamboyance and notes like 'serious, superb, stunning, devilish and love it'...this wine is spectacular..." Matthew Jukes, Daily Telegraph(UK)2001.

“It has an abundance of rich, ripe, dark cherry and plum fruit with great depth and structure to its outstanding palate. Tannins and oak each play a role but are balanced and integrated. I cannot imagine the wine will lose any of its richness before 2015.” James Halliday, Judge~The Great Australian Shiraz Challenge 2001

(The Australian, 20th Oct, 2001)

“Mulberry, plum with pepper on the nose. In the mouth, big, concentrated and complex mulberry plum white pepper. It’s very approachable. With the food, the velvety powerfulness of this wine succeeds. It may be the best match of all.” Darryl Beeson (USA), Sydney International Wine Competition 2002, Top 100 Wines

Winery Tasting Notes

Colour: Intense inky colour.

Nose: Fennel, vanilla, coffee bean, intense berry lift with underlying biscuity oak

Taste:: Fleshy, supple and velvety throughout the palate. Oak tannins enhance the fruit flavours giving depth and structure. The palate is tight with firm astringency.

History: The 1998 vintage is a reflection of the excellent 1998 Clare Valley season. which resulted in a powerful wine. Post maturation in new oak for eighteen months, bottled in Nvoemeber 1999 with minimal filtration and eighteen months bottle maturation in ideal cellaring conditions.

Ageing Potential: 15 plus years.

Medals & Trophies

Rutherglen Wine Show 1998Very Highly Commended

Perth Royal Wine Show 2001 Gold

Clare Valley Regional Wine Show 2001 Gold

Great Australian Shiraz Challenge 2001 Gold

Royal Brisbane Wine Show 1999 Gold

Clare Valley Regional Wine Show 1999Gold

Clare Valley Regional Wine Show 2000Gold

Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2001 Trophy

Royal Hobart Wine Show 2001 Gold

Perth Royal Wine Show 2001Trophy - Best Shiraz

Cairns Wine Show 2001 Gold

Cowra Wine Show 2001 Gold

Sydney Royal Wine Show 2002 Gold

Royal Hobart Wine Show 2000 Very Highly Commended

Sydney Royal Wine Show 2001 Gold

Great Australian Shiraz Challenge 2001Trophy - Best Shiraz

Perth Royal Wine Show 2000Gold

Rutherglen Wine Show 2001Gold