Merlot Clare Valley South Australia
Taylor know from good Clare Valley Merlot, the family's initial interest in establishing their own label was primarily driven by a love of the great Bordeaux growths, many of which include Merlot as the secret ingredient. Valley Clare is renowned for its influence on the noble red grapes, infusing the wines with characters of blueberry and mint. Vinified exclusively from estate grown fruit, those parcels which are most worthy of a pure Merlot wine are sourced solely from the precious Lodden and St Andrew blocks on the Taylor family property.
The Taylor's vineyard team identify parcels which can best express the charm and grace of a pure Clare Valley Merlot. The aim is to produce a wine which displays a rich middle palate with good fleshy fruit and silky mouthfeel. Grapes are destemmed without crushing, into a mix of fermenters for inoculation by choice yeasts and a warm, gentle vinification, to enhance fruit character while retaining distinct regional varietal expression. Upon completion, batches are pressed and treated to malolactic, followed by transfer to a selection of seasoned French and American oak barrels for a year's maturation, before assembling into the finished wine, bottled after a minimal filtration. Alcohol 14.6%
Deep red, intense purple hue. Distinct aromas of Japanese satsuma plum and ripe cherries abound with secondary spice, cigar box characters evident along with subtle creamy chocolate. Medium to full bodied with rich plum and cherry fruit flavours balanced by undertones of creamy chocolate, spice and subtle savouryness. The tannins are fine grained and supple, acids are well balanced, the palate shows admirable persistence.