A few weeks ago, AWG decided it was time to prune the cellar.
This is when we came across this sleeper from 2000, something of a rarity, given how hard they are to come by. Carefully uncorked and decanted to breathe for over four hours, this Clare Valley icon rose to the occasion.
Perfumed bouquet featuring plum and sultana trimmings, complimented by a hint of spice in the body, that little twist provided courtesy of the Malbec, and a slightly chalky aftertaste possibly owing to age. Great viscosity, the wine clung to the glass. A silky smooth and well matured drink from a very well regarded vineyard. Just superb!
This fine evening, over an evening of cards, we unscrewed a 40th anniversary release of Taylors St Andrews (limited release) Cabernet Sauvignon from the well regarded Clare Valley in South Australia.
This bottle, in the more pricey $$-$$$ bracket was not disappointing. Given about fifteen minutes (or perhaps more) to breathe in the bottle, the initial pour was quite outstanding. A very nice ruby red colour (pictured above) complete with a perfumed smoky scent.
The body was quite lush and viscous, as a somewhat forceful swill was to reveal. Even in rather cheap glasses, the wine really stood out. Strong tannins and oak in flavour with ever so slight hints of mint and blackcurrant; with a peppery finish.
The wine on the whole was well received by all on the night, the bottle not lasting very long!