St. Andrews

Shiraz 2016

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, 2012, 2013, 2014
Region Clare Valley
Colour At release, the wine has a concentrated ruby red colour with a dark mahogany hue to the edge.
Nose On the nose, the wine is complex and enticing with red berry fruits, dark chocolate, dusty spice, and hints of charcuterie, cigar box and roasted coffee.
Vintage Conditions In the Clare Valley, rainfall was below average for the season leading up to vintage 2016 but it was not the amount that had the biggest impact; it was the timing. Mother Nature saw fit to dole out just the right amount of water at just the right time for maximum positive impact. In fact, this was just one of the factors at play when it comes to the vintage being lauded as one of the greats. Firstly, the vines were stress free heading into the winter period, creating the potential for a superior crop. Secondly, conditions were ideal during flowering and then lastly, the threat of frost did not eventuate. All these conditions combined to create what can be described as the perfect vintage.
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 20 months prior to filtering and bottling.
Cellaring Notes Crafted for immediate enjoyment but will cellar over a long term under ideal conditions.
Alc%: 15
Acid: 6.68
Residual Sugar: 1.1
Wine Type: Red
Wine Body: Full
Blend or Single Variety: Single Variety
Pack Size: Single: 750ml bottle Case: 6 x 750ml bottle
  • Michael Franz, Wine Review Online

    Apr 2019
    96 Points
    Based on its dark, dense appearance alone, I was all buckled up for a wild ride with this wine, but what results is actually an extremely civilized experience at a dizzyingly high level of quality. The intense berry fruit aromas and flavors are edged with accents of spices, toast, eucalyptus and wild thyme…and all of these sensory signals remain balanced and evident across the entirely of the sensory experience provided by the wine, including an extremely long finish. There’s little doubt that a high proportion of the juice here was from low yielding old vines, and based on that as well as the wine’s completely compelling performance, this is actually a very strong value... A Platinum Award winner at the 2019 San Diego International Wine and Spirits Challenge.
  • Bruce Schoenfeld, Critics Challenge International Wine & Spirit Competition

    Jun 2019
    95 points
    Gorgeous lift and thrust, a wine that faces along with plenty of fruit and a nice finish.
  • Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review

    Mar 2020
    95 Points
    Stylistically similar to the Jaraman Shiraz but with the volume turned up a notch or two. Impressively concentrated shiraz with intense and ripe cassis, dark berry, eucalypt, spice and even a suggestion of floral and violet supported by great acidity that gives the wine energy. A long-distance runner.
  • Rich Cook, WineReviewOnline

    Mar 2019
    95 Points
    Another classy presentation of this bottling, with the regional character to let you know where it’s from, and the elegance to make you think it should sit alongside the best Syrahs in the world. It should, and it does. A Platinum Award winner at the 2019 Monterey International Wine Competition.
  • Rich Cook, Wine Review Online

    Sep 2018
    94 Points
    Always a solid performer, the St. Andrews in this vintage is rather tight at present, but all the expected elements are in place, and time or a large decanter will work magic on the blackberry, blueberry, brown spice and menthol. Give it a half day in the decanter near term, or age long term. Classy Shiraz!
  • David Bicknell, James Halliday Wine Companion

    Aug 2019
    93 points
    Lots of effort has gone into this. Fruit fermented in headless new American barrels that are hand-plunged plus extended maceration to get every bit of extract. The wine is then pressed back to the same vessels for maturation for 20 months. Needless to say, oak is a feature. Vanilla, spice and pomade interwoven with glossy black fruit, licorice straps and plums. Dense, fruit sweet, but with the expected savoury dry finish the oak brings.
  • Nick Stock,

    Jun 2019
    92 Points
    A bold and rich serving of ripe plums that delivers a fresh, smooth and fleshy feel on the palate with a late flurry of vanillin oak at the finish. Drink or hold. Screw cap.
  • Christina Pickard, Wine Enthusiast

    Oct 2019
    91 Points
    Cellar Selection. This is a big young wine but in reflection of the relatively cool climes of Clare Valley, it offers up a little more freshness than its Barossa counterparts. A spicy nose of ground black pepper and earthy dried herbs mingles with mocha, plums, raspberries and olives. The fruit is more prominent on the palate, fleshy and ripe and framed by tight fine-grained tannins. Drink 2021–2029. Seaview Imports.
  • MaryAnn Worobiec, Wine Spectator

    Jan 2019
    86 Points
    Toasted coconut and cream soda accents add a ripe, candied cast to the appealing berry flavors at the core of this red, on a smooth, supple frame. Drink now.
  • Yvonne Lorkin, Yvonne Lorkin

    Jun 2020
    5 Stars
    Only the absolute best shiraz grapes make it to the finals for the St. Andrews Shiraz vintage champs and once they’re in the bottle they’re immortalised forever! (At least that’s what the winemaker whispers to them to soothe their nerves) Deep, dark chocolate and spice, cigar box and buckets of berries, vanilla vavoom and lashings of espresso-soaked awesome. This shiraz has elegance and weight, a commanding presence and an ultra-long, textural finish. A true classic and one that will cellar quite comfortably for years to come.
  • Ronn Weigand MW, MS, Restaurant Wine

    Aug 2019
    4+ stars
    Both wines have screw cap closures, and both are excellent Clare Valley wines. The Shiraz is a full bodied, complex wine that is fleshy in texture, richly flavored (boysenberry, cassis, black licorice, blueberry jam, cedar, oak), balanced, and very long and lingering on the finish. Aged 18 months in American oak barrels. Delicious; can be aged further.
  • Alistair Cooper MW, Jancis Robinson

    Sep 2019
    16.5 Points
    Attractive nose with deep plum, leather and a (big) lick of oak. Oak is very present but leads into lovely mocha notes. Plush and dense and shows good typicality.
  • Matthew Jukes, 100 Best Australian Wines 2019/20

    May 2019
    Lastly, 2016 St. Andrews Shiraz which is 100% barrel-fermented in tight grain Ozark / Shenandoah oak. This American oak stands back from the wine and allows it to build power and also intensity. Lifted, creamy, sturdy and profound, this is yet another superb wine from this irrepressible operator.
  • Mark Henderson, Otago Daily Times

    Jul 2020
    Intense nose of wood shavings, spices, vanilla,raspberry and berryfruit. Smoke and spices take the lead on the powerfully, sweet-fruited palate, with blackberry, dark berry and minty hints evolving with aeration. This comes across as lush and supple before tannins and acidity kick in.
  • Fredric Koeppel, Bigger Than Your Head

    May 2019
    The Taylor family wines St. Andrews Shiraz 2016, Clare Valley, Australia, is 100 percent syrah grapes, aged 20 months in American oak barrels. The color — if that’s the word — is opaque black-purple with a glowing magenta rim; the aromas draw you in with pertinent notes of lavender, licorice and graphite, spice-drenched blackberries and blueberries, and inflections of iodine, mint and flint; all very ripe and intensely perfumed but not overdone. Silky tannins and lip-smacking acidity are gently but firmly framed by oak, an element that interferes not a whit with the wine’s essential juicy black fruit flavors. 14.5 percent alcohol. Now through 2024 to ’26. Excellent.