This is the fifth release of Taylors The Visionary Cabernet, named in honour of founder Bill Taylor Snr.
Current managing director Mitchell Taylor told Drinks Adventures he rates 2014 as a four star vintage for Taylors, “one of our better ones”.
“We had really good ripening patterns with the winter rains ensuring there was plenty of moisture in the subsoil,” he said.
“In the winery, the fruit was gently de-stemmed and quickly chilled to 4°C prior to being transferred to small Potter fermenters for initial fermentation. During this time the wine was afforded extended skin contact for further colour extraction and tannin integration.
“Following secondary malolactic fermentation, the wine was transferred to a selection of exceptional quality fine-grained French oak barrels – 40% of which were new, with the balance spread across a selection of two and three-year-old barrels.”Taylors WINES
Taylors The Visionary Cabernet (14.5% ABV, screwcap) showcases select parcels of cabernet from the Taylor family’s Clare Valley estate.
It is by far my favourite of the flagship duo, both priced at RRP $200. Its stablemate, The Pioneer Shiraz 2014, is a more opulent style of wine showing fairly overt American oak influence.
The Visionary presents ruby red in the glass, bursting with intense aromas of cassis, leather and delicate French oak.
On the palate it is medium-bodied with excellent flavour intensity. A lovely sweet core of red and black fruits is framed by assertive tannins and subtle, well-integrated oak.
In all, a supremely balanced cabernet that should be in the reckoning for Father’s Day and Christmas gifting selections.
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