Sunday, July 10, 2011


- Clare Valley/Coonawarra, SA
- $20-$35
- Screwcap
- 14.5%alc

Taylors continue to roll the dice against modern trends, by releasing a 'premium' wine range sold on blending the fruit of two different regions. I feel it's a practice where if it works, it works (I thought Hardys' award winning 2006 HRB D637 Shiraz was more than worthwhile by the way), but if it doesn't...

Combining 64% Clare Valley fruit with 36% Coonawarra, Taylors' 2009 Jaraman Cabernet Sauvignon presents a softly fragrant nose with choc-mint and biscuity vanilla oak aromas leading the way, but underneath that, its dark fruit seems a bit thin and jammy, with a conserve-like expression of blackcurrants and cherries graced over by a warm note of menthol. Its palate sits quite plump and rich initially, pumping out a syrupy, tarry taste of solid blackcurrants coated in soft vanilla oak, but as it lengthens it thins out in a less than convincing manner, becoming notably lean, loose and disparate to finish. There's a slight undertone of baked/jammy fruit in the aftertaste, but the real surprise here is how passive its structure is, forcing me to consider Taylors' 2009 Jaraman Cabernet Sauvignon as no more than a short term drinking prospect.

X An all too straight forward, unsophisticated and earlier drinking cabernet, which doesn't really warrant its $30 RRP tag. Drink to 2014.
87 points


  1. Its palate sits really plump and abundant initially, pumping out a syrupy, tarry taste of strong blackcurrants coated in gentle vanilla oak
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  2. I just opened a bottle of this 2009 and I can only say that Chris Plummer was very, very wrong in suggesting it wouldn't live past 2014. In 2020 it is an incredible mouthful of rich blackcurrents with a lingering cherry taste. A nice gift from a good friend!