Enormously flavoursome with rich fruit characters of black cherry, plum and ripe berries. American oak adds nuances of vanilla, cigar box, coffee and toast.Download Full Winemaker Note
At release, the wine has a deep crimson colour with a purple hue to the edge.
The wine has complex and enticing bouquet of dark berry fruit along with juicy black plum, spice, cedar and hints of chocolate and roasted coffee.
On the palate, the wine is rich and complex with layers of dark berry fruits layered with lashings of coffee, chocolate and spice from high quality oak. The palate builds further with well-balanced, elegant tannins delivering a very generous and complete wine with textural complexity and long, persistent flavours.
This wine is evolving well at release yet should cellar well to 2028 or possibly longer.
|Residual Sugar:||0.29 g/L|
|St. Andrews||Shiraz||2012||Shanghai International Wine Challenge||2015||Trophy - Best Shiraz|
|St. Andrews||Shiraz||2012||Tasters Guild International Wine Judging||2015||Double Gold|
|St. Andrews||Shiraz||2012||China Wine & Spirits Awards||2014||Double Gold|
|St. Andrews||Shiraz||2012||American Wine Society Commercial Wine Competition||2014||Double Gold|
|St. Andrews||Shiraz||2012||Catavinum World Wine & Spirit Competition||2015||Great Gold|
|St. Andrews||Shiraz||2012||Monde Selections International Wine Contest||2015||Gold|
|St. Andrews||Shiraz||2012||VinAgora International Wine Competition||2015||Gold|
|St. Andrews||Shiraz||2012||Winemakers Challenge International wine competition||2015||Gold|
|St. Andrews||Shiraz||2012||World Wine Championships BTI (Tasting Nov)||2014||Gold|
|St. Andrews||Shiraz||2012||Sommelier Challenge International Wine Competition||2014||Gold|
|St. Andrews||Shiraz||2012||Concours Mondial de Bruxelles||2015||Gold|
|St. Andrews||Shiraz||2012||Selections Mondial Des Vins CANADA||2015||Gold|
|St. Andrews||Shiraz||2012||Intervin Wine Awards||2015||Gold|
|St. Andrews||Shiraz||2012||Shanghai International Wine Challenge||2015||Gold|
|St. Andrews||Shiraz||2012||Mundus Vini International Wine Awards||2014||Gold|
|St. Andrews||Shiraz||2012||Clare Valley Regional Wine Show||2016||Gold|
|St. Andrews||Shiraz||2012||awc Vienna International Wine Challenge||2015||Gold|
|St. Andrews||Shiraz||2012||Global Syrah Masters||2015||Gold|
|St. Andrews||Shiraz||2012||Michelangelo International Wine Awards||2014||Gold|
|St. Andrews||Shiraz||2012||Decanter World Wine Awards||2015||Gold|
|St. Andrews||Shiraz||2012||Riverside International Wine Competition||2015||Gold|
|St. Andrews||Shiraz||2012||Melbourne International Wine Competition||2014||Gold|
|St. Andrews||Shiraz||2012||Indy International Wine Competition||2014||Gold|
|St. Andrews||Shiraz||2012||Los Angeles International Wine Competition||2015||Gold|
|St. Andrews||Shiraz||2012||Vinalies Internationales Paris||2015||Gold|
|St. Andrews||Shiraz||2012||Critics Challenge International Wine Competition||2015||Critics Gold|
Reviews for 0
Bob Johnson & Glenn Frederiksen, Winelines Online, December 2014
Nearly opaque deep purple in color, this wine showcases warm brown spices, vanilla and black pepper, framing a solid core of black and blue berry fruit. Surprisingly elegant on the palate, showing a velvety texture. Refined, yet powerful.
Mike Bennie, WBM National, December 2014
Surprising for its more medium-to-fuller-bodied feel, rather than full throttle, it's a well-balanced wine of plush, plummy fruit matched ably with splintery oak character and a lemony, salty finish. Complex and serious. Built for cooler days.
Ronn Wiegand, Restaurant Wine, June 2015
Very Fine Quality. A supple, finely flavored Shiraz that combines richness, positive character and complexity. It is well balanced, lightly oaked, very long on the palate and very persistent in the finish, tasting of cherry, blueberry, plum, toast and oak.
Winestate, August 2015
Clare Valley and surrounding regions
A wine of elegance and style with complex layers of chocolate, fruit, earthy elements and minty/eucalypt notes on both the nose and the palate. ""Very hedonistic,"" commented one judge.
Marc Hinton, Enobytes, October 2015
I found this 2012 Aussie Cabernet Sauvignon waiting patiently, as I was looking through my ôwines I should drink tonight"" closet. I thought if any wine here is going to give me the full monty exposing every layer, nuance and lip smacking drop of deliciousness this will be it. The guy who sent me this has a little insight into what pleases my particularly finicky palate, and he hit the nail on the head with this sample. Produced only in the best vintages and 2012 was certainly one of those in the Clare Valley region of Australia this single vineyard designate was a perfect partner for the wild game I was serving for the evening. The Taylor family has been farming 440 acres of wine grapes in Clare Valley since 1969 and consistently winning awards since 1973. An interesting fact the Clare Valley Region contributes around 2% of the Australian national grape crush but wins over 7% of all medals awarded for Australian wine. The wine showcases the classic Clare Valley ôterra rossaö terroir the valley is known for while sending a barrage of flower, fruit and herb scents to the olfactory senses. The red and black fruit parades past the palate and picks up notes of tobacco and savory herbs on the finish. We matched this Cabernet Sauvignon with a braised Water Buffalo dish that brought out the unctuous, beefy, game flavors in the meat.
Vines Magazine (InterVin), November 2015
This Shiraz from our WInery of the Year runner up won judges over with its youthful but large presence. Coffee, baking spices, black currant, and hints of pepper on the nose with a palate of savoury, smoked notes, ripe fruit and a touch of chocolate mint on the finish inspired winemaker Sue-Ann Staff to write approvingly ""Big Ass Wine""
Anthony Dias Blue, The Tasting Panel, January 2016
Move along critter labels - this is Australia. Deep, long black cherry, cassis and blackberry and loaded with spice and vanilla oak. Dense, complex and layered; deep and lovely.
Josh Raynolds, Vinous, March 2016
Australia Rediscovers its Mojo
(fermented and aged in new and used American oak barrels): Inky ruby. Oak-spiced aromas of candied blackberry and boysenberry, with suave sandalwood and spicecake accents and hints of vanilla and licorice. Fleshy black and blue fruit flavors show very good concentration as well as vivacity. Finishes broad, gently sweet and persistent, with lush, pliant tannins that fold into the ripe dark fruit.
Joe Czerwinski, Wine Enthusiast, April 2016
This is wonderfully complex and aromatic, with scents ranging from baking spices and savory beef to mixed berries. That swirl of seeming contradictions continues on the palate, backed by luxurious, supple tannins that linger softly on the finish. Drink nowû2025.Seaview Imports.