Friday, December 16, 2011

Taylors St. Andrews Single Vineyard Shiraz

Taylors has not been a favorite of mine in the past. I found the wines overworked, often simplistic and too oaky. The St. Andrews is their flagship Shiraz. I noticed an improvement while drinking the 2006 Taylors St. Andrews Shiraz (a gift), but my issues are still there.

The 2006 St. Andrews shows concentrated flavours of cherry and plum - not a bad fruit set. The grapes are quite ripe and, combined with the vanilla flavours from the oak, deliver an overly sweet tasting sensation. This flavour profile has moved into the acceptable range from outrageous oak treatment in some years past, but the result remains a somewhat simplistic fruit and vanilla bomb - not a style I enjoy.

Score: 88/--

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