Exploring South Australia's Wine Regions
Mitchell Taylor once declared, “Winemaking is a true art form, each bottle an expression of a region and vineyard site”.
And our Masterstroke range celebrates this.
But at Taylors, every wine we craft is born from an original masterstroke: a decision that changed the course of Australian winemaking. Mitchell’s grandfather, Bill Taylor Snr had extraordinary vision and recognised the potential to craft wines from Australia that rivalled the best in the world. His son Bill turned that vision into reality and forged a pioneering path for the local wine industry. In doing so he also instilled in our winemaking a fundamental understanding: that Australia’s regional diversity is an unending source of discovery and inspiration.
With the Masterstroke wines we demonstrate our passion for regional discovery and winemaking artistry with a range that offers the ultimate expressions of varietal character, and champions the diverse regional terroir where each variety shines.
South Australia is home to 18 wine regions, is renowned for producing many of the best wines of Australia and is a member of the prestigious group of Great Wine Capitals of The World.
Here, we explore three iconic South Australian wine regions that have been the inspiration behind the first three Masterstroke releases.
The Clare Valley
The Clare Valley summers are warm to hot and the winters are cool to downright cold, which is also when most rain falls. Chilly nights and afternoon breezes from the nearby gulf mean that even though it’s a warm-climate, the plummeting night time temperatures keep things cool for the grapes, which is important for fine wine flavour and tannin development. The 2016 vintage in the Clare Valley was one of the greatest of the last decade. From the harvest, we identified some incredible parcels of the two iconic varieties; standouts from our own estate vineyard blocks coupled with some from our best grower partner selections. The thought occurred to us that we should bring them together. To craft the perfect Australian red blend.
A masterstroke decision really.
The challenge to unite the powerful grace of Cabernet Sauvignon with the sumptuous generosity of Shiraz and at the same time, have the wine convey its origin was embraced. This level of blending required a deft touch. A willingness to seek greater perfection beyond what was already apparent in the individual parcels.
We believe we have accomplished that with the 2016 Masterstroke Cabernet Shiraz.