2012 Wakefield (Taylor's) "St. Andrews" Single Vineyard Shiraz Clare Valley South Australia (Elsewhere $50)
*Special Value Selection* Slightly turbid/cloudy rim to the colour, although the hue is bright; it's very clear this has been made from an exceptional parcel of estate fruit, for it has an elegance and length not commonly found in the Clare Valley; likewise, its range of spicy red fruits merging with gently savoury/earthy nuances is exceptional.
*Editors' Choice* 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 now-2025. (JC)
Dense and tightly packed, but fleshy enough to let the black cherry, licorice and floral flavors shine through, lingering against a polished finish. Has presence and complexity. Drink now through 2022. (HS)
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. (JR)
Decanter World Wine Awards GOLD Medal: "Well balanced, polished, alluring, and clearly made using great fruit. Aromas of coal, herbs, leafy cherry and eucalyptus are followed by an intense, savoury, changeable and silky palate, with velvety tannins, high quality oak and an abundance of chocolate-kissed sloes and blackberries."
This is one of 2012's most highly awarded wines from anywhere in Australia including a trophy (Best Shiraz) and 23 more GOLD Medals from major international wine shows! The hand-selected grapes for this bottling were fermented in open top barrels and hand-plunged twice daily. This labor intensive process allows the winemaker to perfectly control the extraction of fruit and tannin leading to silky textures and stunning purity. After ferment the barrels were re-coopered and the wine returned to them for extended maturation. No expense was spared in the production of this wine and it shows in the luxurious flavors and textures on the palate.