Clare Valley Benchmark
Named after the historic property first established in 1892. A true reflection of the terroir, St. Andrews wines exemplify the very best of handcrafted Clare Valley winemaking. The first Taylors St. Andrews wines were released in 1999 and have developed a reputation as benchmark examples of great Clare Valley wine. As our flagship, St Andrews is only released in the finest vintages.
The St. Andrews range is named after the historic property first established by Scottish immigrants in 1892. For forty years St. Andrews was one of the leading wine producers in the Clare Valley but sadly, ceased operating when it was sold in 1934. Bill Taylor quickly recognised the potential of the adjacent St. Andrews property when he was first establishing his vineyards in the Clare Valley, and wanted to make it a part of the family's estate. So in 1995 the family purchased the property and became proud custodians of a piece of Australian wine history. They immediately went about the task of re-creating the glory days by once again planting vines on the rich, fertile soils and in 1999 the first St. Andrews wines from Taylors were released.
These wines are particularly special with fruit sourced from the best blocks on the estate and only crafted in the best vintages, they're a true testament to our philosophy of 'respect the fruit'. The hand-crafted approach extends beyond the winemaking too as even the labels are hand applied. This modern version of St. Andrews now has a heritage that spans almost two decades. Over this time, the wines have developed a well-deserved reputation - not only as benchmark Clare Valley styles but also standing tall amongst the best from Australia.
These wines are true to the classic Australian style of rich, bold reds that are intense in both flavour and texture. Crafted to be imminently enjoyable in their youth yet will also age gracefully over the long term.
These wines offer a degree of elegance and refinement not often found outside of the old world. They are crafted to be excellent accompaniments to food and whilst enjoyable in their youth, will also reward the collector after extended time in the cellar.