Friday, October 30, 2020
2013 Taylor's "St. Andrews" Single Vineyard Release Shiraz Clare Valley
Can you believe it? It's Friday again... 😁
Time to once again open an old sample forgotten in the cellar for the last few years.
Medium to deep ruby colour with a slightly purple hue. The nose is light, clean, fresh and quite timid, gently revealing aromas of chocolate milk, purple flower, lavender, thyme, a touch of spices and white pepper, slight herbal-menthol and almost mineral notes (like wet leaves) with some cherry and fresh figs nuances. Nicely fragrant, yet discreet with delicate elegance. I love the nose.
The palate is surprisingly light to medium-bodied, juicy, quite refined and very elegant for a Shiraz boasting 14.5% of alcohol/Vol. Delivering the same flavours as the aromas on the nose, harmoniously throughout the mid-palate to the long-lasting finish, there again, in a very soft, refined and elegant manner.
Well balanced between the fruit, the acidity and the tannins. What a very enjoyable surprise! Without being over the top, and slightly light on its feet, it is quite complex and layered, and refined, and offers a very pleasant experience from the first glass, that immediately calls for another glass and some food.
It might lack a bit of depth and concentration for big Shiraz lovers, but it suits my palate well and I think it is nicely done. Highly recommended.
Until next time, be safe, be cautious, and take good care of your self and your loved ones.
LeDomduVin (a.k.a. Dominique Noël)
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