Learn about the "estate" approach to winemaking and the Australian company inspired by the French chateaux that produce wine this way
If you’re anything like us, your main focus when choosing wine is taste, price and label. But if you dive a little deeper you’ll find an interesting world with historical ties around the globe.
Old-world style wine estates in traditional wine-growing countries like France were established with the winery and vineyards in the same location. When you travel around such places, you’ll see huge wine chateaux dotting the countryside in regions like Bordeaux and Provence. Here, the winemakers had ultimate control over every aspect of their range, from the planting and growing of the grapes right through to the bottling.
The Taylors Wines Estate range is dedicated to the founding of the Taylors winery in 1969 in Southern Australia’s Clare Valley, which was inspired by the large wine estate chateaux of the Bordeaux region of southern France, particularly the famous Chateaux Mouton Rothschild. Creating a winery overlooking its vineyards, the Taylor family established their wine label in this old-world estate style.
Now, due to the brand's popularity and quest for the highest quality grapes possible, the wines are still crafted and bottled on the Taylor estate, although not all of the fruit is grown there. However the same commitment to craft remains, a fact that's seen with Taylors Estate Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz wines. These were the first varieties to be planted here by the Taylor family, and they remain two of the company’s most popular and awarded wines today.
THREE TO TRY
TAYLORS ESTATE SHIRAZ 2016
A soft and fleshy shiraz boasting a lively palate of juicy red berry fruits, plum and spice, along with subtle chocolate and savoury oak flavours.
Winner of seven gold medals globally
TAYLORS ESTATE CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2015
Rich expressive flavours of cassis, mulberry and a hint of eucalyptus, this wine is matured in French oak to add touches of dark chocolate, cedar and spice.
Winner of two double-gold and 10 gold medals globally
TAYLORS ESTATE MERLOT 2016
This velvety soft wine showcases layers of ripe, dark fruit alongside rich fruit cake characters. Matured in oak, this has given it flavours of vanilla, mocha and subtle spice.
Winner of gold medals at the Critics Challenge International Wine Competition (USA), and the New York International Wine Competition