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Taylors Wakefield The Pioneer Shiraz 2015

Clare Valley

Sale price
HK$798   each
Regular price
RRP HK$1,100 
Multi Buy Price
HK$688  in any 6+
Multi Buy Discount Percentage
37% off rrp
24 available

Palate Profile

This pinnacle release Shiraz is named to celebrate the pioneering spirit of Bill Taylor; who had the conviction to do things differently and who demonstrated the fortitude to stay on a path to greatness. In the early days of the Taylors wine business, Bill was astute enough to recognise the emerging popularity of Shiraz. At the time, the plan was to plant most of the Clare Valley vineyard with Cabernet Sauvignon but he insisted that a small block be set aside to also plant Shiraz.

The wine is crafted from the very finest fruit selection and is entirely estate grown and bottled on the Taylor family estate in the Clare Valley, South Australia.  At release, the wine is a striking, dark cherry colour which sits at the mid-point between black and ruby.

The nose is generous and immediately offers sweet, spice characters of fine oak lifting from the glass. These are underscored by fresh, red plum and cherry fruit characters that sit confidently at the heart of the wine.

The palate shows considerable structure. There is much to enjoy now, with vanilla and liquorice root notes in abundance through the mid-palate and layering beautifully onto the back-palate and finish, whilst blueberry and ripe dark plums define the overall heart of the wine. The tannins have a velvety softness to them that is neither bitter nor over-firm, reminiscent of sweet plum skins and reinforcing the sense that this wine shall develop exceptionally well in the cellar.

  • 3 GOLD MEDALS🏅🏅🏅

Critic Awards

This spiel is light years from what is going on in contemporary Australian wine and yet, the plush avuncular cherry, bourbon anise and mocha-scented fruit sweetness has its charms and presumably at this sort of pricing, plenty of fans. Fully loaded.

This wine is currently in a quiet spot and needs either lengthy decanting or to be opened a day in advance of drinking. It's only then that it feels cohesive, and the red fruit, floral and savory spice and umami notes start to shine. It's tightly structured, with fresh acidity and sinewy tannins, and clearly built for the long haul.

Region and Grapes

Region: Clare Valley
Grape: Shiraz
ABV: 14.5%

Cellaring Potential

Fully destemmed, cold soaked and fermented under the aegis of sturdy, inoculated yeasts in open American oak barrels. Following pressing, the wine was then transferred back to the same barrels, this time with heads reassembled, for malolactic. Ensuing maturation in American oak (40% new) took place for 12 months. This spiel is light years from what is going on in contemporary Australian wine and yet, the plush avuncular cherry, bourbon anise and mocha-scented fruit sweetness has its charms and presumably at this sort of pricing, plenty of fans. Fully loaded.

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