March 25, 2024

Taylors / Wakefield Jaraman Shiraz

Who makes it?

Jaraman Shiraz is one of the Jaraman tier of wines from Taylors. This tier of wine has expanded considerably in the past decade. It is still one that represents a very easy choice of value driven quality. 

Taylors is still a family run winery.  The Taylor family has had a long vinous history, originally they were wine merchants before establishing their vineyard in the Clare Valley in 1969. Outside of Australia, the wines have to be sold under the Wakefield label. 

The family is one of the Australia’s First Families of Wine group. Read more about that group here.

How do they make it?

The Jaraman Shiraz is usually a blend of Clare Valley and McLaren Vale fruit. It is richly oaked with a skillful combination of new and seasoned oak maturation. The wine spends between 12 – 15 months in these barrels. 

What does it taste like?

This is a classic full bodied South Australian Shiraz with plenty of blackberry, black plum and pepper. The exotic spice mix in the aromas and flavours is led by cloves and a pinch of pepper. On the palate there was some raspberry freshness. It is a dry bold red. Without a doubt, there is a solid block of fruit to instantly enjoy here. There is no hiding this. On the finish there is also some mocha notes. 

The Jaraman Shiraz is also a wine that will be a good cellar candidate. Particularly under screwcap. Don’t drink this wine too soon, 5-10 years will be fine which is remarkable at this price. 

What to drink it with?

Undoubtedly, this Shiraz will be great with roast meats, bangers and mash, or lasagne. It is just as good without food though. This is a curl up on the sofa and chat with friends type of wine. 

Cheese

Taylors Jaraman Shiraz is a great match for a mature hard cheese such as Cheddar, Comte, and Manchego. Truffle Cheddar is especially good here.

Quickie review « Lush fruity and bold Australian red at a great price? What more do you want? »

Country of Origin:  Clare Valley & McLaren Vale, Australia
Tasting Date:
 January 2024
Price:  UK £19 | AU$34 | US$ ++
Drink: now – 7+ years 
Needs food: no
Source: tasting

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