St. Andrews

Shiraz 2012

Enormously flavoursome with rich fruit characters of black cherry, plum and ripe berries. American oak adds nuances of vanilla, cigar box, coffee and toast.

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Previous Vintages 2006, 2009, 2010
Region Clare Valley
Colour At release, the wine has a deep crimson colour with a purple hue to the edge.
Nose The wine has complex and enticing nose showing dark berry fruit along with juicy black plum, spice, cedar and hints of chocolate and roasted coffee. Mouth-watering wafts of spice and mocha oak invite you to taste.
Vintage Conditions Growing conditions leading up to vintage 2012 were relatively mild, with regular spring rains promoting excellent vine canopy growth. Budburst was approximately 10 days earlier than 'average', and this early start flowed through until harvest time with most varieties harvested 1 to 2 weeks earlier than in a 'typical' year. Harvest conditions were excellent with only one substantial rain event occurring during harvest. Whilst it happened after most white varieties were picked, it had a positive effect on the red varieties, appearing to freshen them up, particularly the dry-grown blocks. Ideal ripening and flavor development conditions persisted to the end of April when the majority of the harvest was completed. Overall, yields were somewhat lower than long-term averages but our winemakers report that quality is outstanding across all varieties, with intense colour and excellent flavour development.
Oak Maturation A percentage of the wine was barrel fermented and the final blend was matured in high quality, water-bent American oak barrels for 12 months prior to filtering and bottling.
Cellaring Notes Crafted for immediate enjoyment but will cellar over a long term under ideal conditions.
Alc%: 14.3
Acid: 6.24
Residual Sugar: 0.29
Wine Type: Red
Wine Body: Full
Blend or Single Variety: Single Variety
Pack Size: Single: 750ml bottle Case: 6 x 750ml bottle
  • Joe Czerwinski, Wine Enthusiast

    Apr 2016
    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.Seaview Imports.
  • Anthony Dias Blue, The Tasting Panel

    Jan 2016
    Move along critter labels - this is Australia. Deep, long black cherry, cassis and blackberry and loaded with spice and vanilla oak. Dense, complex and layered; deep and lovely.
  • Marc Hinton, Enobytes

    Oct 2015
    I found this 2012 Aussie Cabernet Sauvignon waiting patiently, as I was looking through my “wines I should drink tonight" closet. I thought if any wine here is going to give me the full monty exposing every layer, nuance and lip smacking drop of deliciousness this will be it. The guy who sent me this has a little insight into what pleases my particularly finicky palate, and he hit the nail on the head with this sample. Produced only in the best vintages and 2012 was certainly one of those in the Clare Valley region of Australia this single vineyard designate was a perfect partner for the wild game I was serving for the evening. The Taylor family has been farming 440 acres of wine grapes in Clare Valley since 1969 and consistently winning awards since 1973. An interesting fact the Clare Valley Region contributes around 2% of the Australian national grape crush but wins over 7% of all medals awarded for Australian wine. The wine showcases the classic Clare Valley “terra rossa” terroir the valley is known for while sending a barrage of flower, fruit and herb scents to the olfactory senses. The red and black fruit parades past the palate and picks up notes of tobacco and savory herbs on the finish. We matched this Cabernet Sauvignon with a braised Water Buffalo dish that brought out the unctuous, beefy, game flavors in the meat.
  • Bob Johnson & Glenn Frederiksen, Winelines Online

    Dec 2014
    93 points
    Nearly opaque deep purple in color, this wine showcases warm brown spices, vanilla and black pepper, framing a solid core of black and blue berry fruit. Surprisingly elegant on the palate, showing a velvety texture. Refined, yet powerful.
  • Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator

    Jun 2015
    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.
  • Mike Bennie, WBM National

    Dec 2014
    92 points
    Surprising for its more medium-to-fuller-bodied feel, rather than full throttle, it's a well-balanced wine of plush, plummy fruit matched ably with splintery oak character and a lemony, salty finish. Complex and serious. Built for cooler days.
  • Josh Raynolds, Vinous

    Mar 2016
    (fermented and aged in new and used American oak barrels): 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.
  • Ronn Wiegand, Restaurant Wine

    Jun 2015
    5 stars
    Very Fine Quality. A supple, finely flavored Shiraz that combines richness, positive character and complexity. It is well balanced, lightly oaked, very long on the palate and very persistent in the finish, tasting of cherry, blueberry, plum, toast and oak.
  • , Winestate

    Aug 2015
    5 stars
    A wine of elegance and style with complex layers of chocolate, fruit, earthy elements and minty/eucalypt notes on both the nose and the palate. "Very hedonistic," commented one judge.
  • , Vines Magazine (InterVin)

    Nov 2015
    This Shiraz from our WInery of the Year runner up won judges over with its youthful but large presence. Coffee, baking spices, black currant, and hints of pepper on the nose with a palate of savoury, smoked notes, ripe fruit and a touch of chocolate mint on the finish inspired winemaker Sue-Ann Staff to write approvingly "Big Ass Wine"