St. Andrews

Shiraz 2014

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

More Information
Previous Vintages 2006, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013
Region Clare Valley
Colour At release, the wine has a deep red 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 licorice, chocolate and roasted coffee.
Vintage Conditions The growing season in the lead up to vintage 2014 saw average autumn and winter rainfalls on the Taylor family Clare Valley estate vineyards. During winter, the average daily maximum temperature was in line with long term averages, resulting in the first budburst occurring at the normal time of late August. The rainfall for spring was below average; however vine vigour was still good due to the presence of subsurface moisture from regular winter rains. During the first week of December there was a cool change and 16 mm of rain fell. This provided the vines with welcome opportunity to 'freshen up'. The remainder of December and the first half of January were dry and warm with thankfully no heatwaves due to regular cool changes. From mid-January to mid-February however, hot conditions prevailed which delayed veraison. Harvest commenced relatively early due to hot conditions through most of January and February. On February 14 the hot conditions and indeed harvest were both bought to a sudden stop by a big downpour of rain. For the remainder of February conditions were mild with daytime temperatures cooler than average. These cooler conditions retained acid levels in grapes and slowed sugar development thus crucially allowed time for the all-important flavours to develop. The mild conditions continued through March, allowing ideal, even tannin and flavour development to occur in the red varieties.
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 18 months prior to filtering and bottling.
Cellaring Notes Crafted for immediate enjoyment but will cellar over a long term under ideal conditions.
Alc%: 14.2
Acid: 6.51
Residual Sugar: 0.63
Wine Type: Red
Wine Body: Full
Blend or Single Variety: Single Variety
Pack Size: Single: 750ml bottle Case: 6 x 750ml bottle
  • Peter Chapman, Witsunday Times

    Jun 2017
    Rich red fruits bounce through a beaut shiraz ripe for drinking today, but will also grow in the cellar.
  • Glen Frederiksen, WineLinesOnline

    Oct 2016
    95/100 Hedonistic
    An opaque dark purple in the glass, lightening to a bright crimson at the rim. Scents of black pepper and eucalyptus lace fleshy mulberry, black plum, and blackberry fruit. Velvety on the palate, it fills the mouth with thick black berry fruits, licorice, and a note of mocha. The long after-flavor is fruit-driven, picking up a piquant blueberry syrup note that goes on and on. This is a delicious wine now, and should drink well for another 15 years or longer. Try with teriyaki glazed red meats off the grill.
  • , Wine Showcase

    Sep 2016
  • Robert Whitley, WineReviewOnline

    Nov 2016
    This hot-rod Shiraz from the Taylor family is a showy wine that dazzles consistently from vintage to vintage. The 2014 is rich and layered, showing aromas of ripe blueberry, blackberry and mulberry, an overlay of eucalyptus and a hint of spice. The finish is seemingly endless, with exceptional persistence of flavor.
  • Rich Cook, WineReviewOnline

    Nov 2016
    One of the Taylor family's more famous offerings scores again with this vintage, which shows restraint and elegance. A deep nose of black and blue berries with intriguing rather than in-your-face menthol, orange blossom and spice notes that translate nicely into palate flavors, riding a supple texture through a long and satisfying finish that brings a touch of sweet citrus forward.
  • Meredith May, Tasting Panel Magazine

    Aug 2017
    A very precise Shiraz, with aromas of black plum and spiced oak. Rich and concentrated notes of roasted coffee beans and dark chocolate are savory, with the dark blackberry riding in tandem, not dominating or jammy, but lush and long.
  • Josh Raynolds, Vinous Media

    Oct 2017
    Glass-staining ruby. Expressive blackberry, cherry liqueur, spicecake and mocha aromas are complicated by cracked pepper and incense flourishes. Offers appealingly sweet black and blue fruit preserve flavors along with undertones of licorice and cola. A hint of candied flowers emerges on a very long, sappy finish shaped by smooth tannins.
  • Isaac Baker, Terroirist

    Jan 2017
    Deep purple color. Aromas of deep currants, blueberries, dark plums, along with black pepper, grilled steak, rich earth and eucalyptus. Full but smooth, plush but fresh, ripe fruit (blueberry and blackberry) combines with fleshy tannins and vibrant acidity, and the fruit maintains a fresh edge. Lots of earth, soy, pepper, tobacco, beef jerky. Instantly delicious but complex, with five to ten years of potential development from this wine. Aged 18 months in American oak.
  • Marc Hinton, Enobytes

    Feb 2017
    Dark red fruit, fresh tobacco leaf, clove, spice and sandalwood dominate the bouquet. On the palate big flavors of cherry and licorice are on the forefront with a nuance of mint in the background. The finish is lengthy and lavish expressing luxurious layers of texture and tannin in harmony. Rack of lamb with a port reduction sauce served with leek, thyme, and potato gratin will integrate exquisitely with this wine.
  • Christina Pickard, Wine Enthusiast

    Jun 2018
    91 Points
    Ripe plums, raspberries and red cherries all swirl together with licorice, Dr. Pepper and savory herbal aromas. The palate is equally plush with a red-berry tang, roasted coffee beans, chocolate and a good lick of oak-derived spice. This should age nicely for the next 15 years or more.
  • Ronn Weigand MW, MS, Restaurant Wine

    Dec 2017
    5 Stars
    The 2014 is intensely flavored (blackberry, cassis, cedar, cassis, plum, red licorice, spicy oak), full bodied, and very complex, with good balance and a very long finish. Still quite youthful; warrants several more years of aging. Aged 18 months in American oak barrels.
  • Daniel Hanna, The Australian

    Aug 2017
    Its berries, plum and cherries are enhanced by toasty coffee and smooth vanilla. The tannins are there if you look for them but remain subdued by the density of the fruit. It’s another wine that would benefit from cellaring — but decant one now anyway.