Taylors’ new release reds – a merlot and shiraz – recently crossed my desk and provide well made wines at a modest price ($19).
The Taylors Estate Merlot 2015 is made from estate grown Clare Valley fruit and presents in a fruity and accessible style. Oak influence is restrained (one to three year old barrels are used). Its aromatics are of boysenberry and mulberry with cedar a supporting act. The palate is medium bodied with soft tannins and reminders of clove and blackcurrant. A gentle bitterness draws together this neat, tidy and elegant expression of merlot. (Alc: 14.6%, Region: Clare Valley, Rating: Good, Drink: now to 2023)
The Taylors Estate Shiraz 2015 is also sourced from estate grown Clare Valley fruit and is arrestingly deep in colour in the glass. The wine is very primary fruited, with pungent aromatics of dark plums, fig and prunes and an esthery note. Full bodied with some mid range length on the palate, this wine will please at this price. (Alc: 14%, Region: Clare Valley, Rating: Good, Drink: now to 2021)