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Taylor Made 2017 Malbec and 2015 Shiraz

Taylors Wines in the Clare Valley is a third generational Australian family business that has grown to be a global success. The company has as its mainstay the very good and ultra-reliable Clare Valley ‘Estate’ wines, but makes ranges for practically all occasions, from very affordable, smooth, easy-drinking ‘Promised Land’ tier to very limited icon ‘The Pioneer’ Shiraz and ‘The Visionary’ Cabernet Sauvignon bottlings (click here to see my reviews of the 2013 vintages, as distributed in New Zealand by Taylor Brown). A new addition to the Taylors wines are the ‘Taylor Made’ wines that were designed to offer high quality offerings for pubs and restaurants, these wines providing full flavours and approachability. Here, I review the 2017 Malbec, aged in American oak, and the 2015 Shiraz, aged in American and French oak (though the label states only French oak!). The wines are sweetly rich and succulently ripe.

Taylor Made Clare Valley Malbec American Oak 2017
Dark, deep, black-hued purple-ruby colour, a little lighter on the rim, youthful in appearance. The nose is softly full with good depth and intensity of ripe blackberry fruit with notes of boysenberries and black plums along with subtle nuances of spice, minerals, eucalypt and oak vanillins. This aromatics retain a degree of elegance and proportion. Medium-full bodied, the palate has a rounded, but concentrated core of sweetly ripe blackberry fruit with boysenberry and black plum flavours along with notes of spice, oak vanillins and black earth elements. The fruit sweetness and succulence is underlined by fine-grained tannin structure that lends a guiding, textured line. The acidity is soft and integrated, and the wine carries to a long and sustained finish. This is a sweetly ripe, concentrated and succulent Malbec with blackberry and plummy fruit along with oak lift and a fine-textured palate. Match with roasted red meat dishes and semi-hard cheeses over the next 5+ years. 100% Malbec from two contract growers, fermented to 13.69% alc., the wine aged 12 months in 20% new American oak barrels. 18.5/20 Dec 2018 RRP $24.95

Taylor Made Clare Valley Shiraz French Oak 2015
Full, even, near impenetrable black-hued purple-ruby colour, a little lighter edged, youthful in appearance. The nose is full and voluminous with open and accessible, ripe fruit aromas of dark raspberries, blackberries and plums along with fragrant dark-red florals intermixed with black pepper, Asian spices and cedary oak suggestions. Medium-full bodied, the palate is broad, open and very approachable with flavours of dark raspberries, blackberries, plums entwined with Asian spices, notes of black pepper and some eucalyptus. The flavours are succulently sweet, and the fruit supported by moderately fine-grained tannin extraction and balanced acidity. Some underlying alcohol power is present, and the wine carries smoothly to an elegant finish. This is a very open and accessible, sweetly ripe Shiraz with dark raspberry, blackberry and plum flavours with some spice and pepper notes, smooth tannin extraction and some power. Match with grilled red meat dishes and Middle Eastern fare over the next 4-5+ years. 100% estate fruit Shiraz, fermented to 14.5% alc., the wine aged 20 months in 20% new American and French oak barrels. 18.0+/20 Dec 2018 RRP $24.95
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