By John Rozentals.
Sunrise in the Taylor family's Clare Valley vineyard.
long had a soft spot for Taylors. After all, it was the Clare Valley winery’s first
release, a cabernet sauvignon from the 1973 vintage, that helped convince me to
cast aside my writing job and start studying to be a winemaker.
have gone full circle now and I’m back writing, but it’s certainly with a lot
more wine knowledge than before and I can still remember the velvety, rich yet
quite firm flavours of the particular wine.
was certainly not the only one knocked over by the quality of that wine, which
won the Montgomery Trophy for best red at the Royal Adelaide Wine Show and
confirmed the belief of the Taylor family — well established Sydney wine
merchants — that the 180-or-so hectares that they had purchased in 1969 and
begun planting in South Australia’s Clare Valley was ideally suited to their
pursuit of great wine.
Promised Land range takes its name from the Taylor family’s description of the
country where they’d established their wine-growing venture.
wines themselves comes from a variety of South Australian regions and comprise,
I guess, what the Taylors would term their ‘everyday wines’ — bottles that
retail for about $14 at full mark-up, but that can be found on special for as
little as $10.
be fooled by the relative cheapness of these wines. I’ve recently tried most of
the range and reckon that it offers some exceptional value, especially if
you’re prepared to buy six or 12 bottles to take full advantage of any deals.
To know more, head to their website: www.taylorswines.com.au.
2016 Promised Land Shiraz ($14): This is a dry red with much more of the juicy
flavour of dark berries and ripe plums than you’ve a right to expect for the
price. There’s also a hint of spiciness to the wine and just enough tannin to
ensure that you know you’re wrapping your gums around a true red wine. Enjoy it
with a hearty stew while the weather is cold, and also have a glass as things
warm up and you start firing up the barbie.
2015 Promised Land Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon ($14): I guess that this red blend
developed in Australia many years ago because of the relative shortage of
cabernet sauvignon fruit but it has certainly been successful enough to justify
its long-term existence. Add the cabernet varietal flavour of cassis to the
shiraz flavours I’ve described above and you’ll see why I reckon this wine
offers such good value.
Wine of the Week:
Wynn 2016 The Man from Nowhere Shiraz ($19): The Wynn name is an exalted one
these days in the annals of Australian wine but it certainly wasn’t one early
last century when young Samuel Wynn fled Europe and started making his mark
here as a wineshop owner, whole wine merchant and later as a winemaker. I like
this fruit-driven dry red a great deal and reckon it delivers great drinking
for your hard-earned, especially with some prime steak.