Wednesday, November 4, 2009

TAYLORS SHIRAZ 2008

 - Clare Valley, SA
 - $11-$20
 - Screwcap
 - 14.5%alc

I'm always on the lookout for readily available, cheap and cheerful wines which pick up meaningful accolades. One such wine is Taylors Shiraz 2008; a top 10 finalist in the Adelaide Review's Hot 100 of 2009/10.

Enlivened by notes of menthol and eucalypt, it shows rather supressed fruit aromas of dark plums and berries joined by American oak and spice. The palate however, is well textured at this price, presenting a juicy, almost thick expression of generous dark fruit and sweet oak flavours. It finishes with a drying astringency, revealing traces of ultra-ripe fruit and alcoholic warmth.

O To me this exemplifies Taylors Shiraz, it's well made and honest but won't exactly set the world on fire. Drink to 2013.
88 points


6 comments:

  1. GLAD TO HEAR ITS NOT 2 BAD. i JUST GOT GIVEN A CASE. HELLO HANG OVER , I COMING OVER HEHEHE

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  2. daryl fenby - novice shiraz enjoyerMay 4, 2010 at 4:18 AM

    I note that this wine won't set the Australian world on fire in your opinion, but it certainly has in Europe winning grand Prix Gold medal

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  3. I think that it's a great wine. Delicious fruit and smooth tannins, juicy, fruity sweetness and great depth. Dark plums and ripe blackberries. And an amazing bargain for as little as $11-$12. 94 pts from me.

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  4. Bravo...felt compelled to Google this cause it's not dash bad at all.Cheers

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  5. Thanks peoples. It's good to hear Taylor's Shiraz has something of an international following. Maybe I should try another bottle of the 08 while it's still around...

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  6. Well...its the last bottle of my departed fathers small stash...and what a pleasant surprise! Cool smooth friuty, spicey. Not at all bad, so much so it prompted this search for more knowledge. HAD I FOUND IT TO BE $350 a
    bottle my enjoyment would not have been more...VERY TASTY INDEED.
    Raise a glass to Dad.

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