While the Jaraman Shiraz was a bit OTT for my tastes (and ended up in the Almost Club as a result), this proper hearty Taylors Jaraman Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 is much more like it. Still a dense and thick sort of wine, but that’s also the schtick. Blokey Cabernet, and unashamedly so, in a more Coonawarra fashion. Taylors Cabernets > Taylors Shiraz almost invariably, and the same here. Pass the mint sauce, mate.
Deep, minty, utterly substantial full-bodied blend of Coonawarra & Clare Valley Cabernet, with leagues of dark berry flavour and then a long, drying finish. Inelegant, unquestionably, but pretty compelling in the sheer volume of fruit. Just misses a gold because of the minty edge, but the impact is bang on for this price point. Why is it so much better than the Shiraz? It’s just more savoury, which switches it from a ‘yeah, nah, that’s a bit much or me’ to ‘well this has some flavour doesn’t it’. Best suited to lamb chops and decent BBQ sauce (Big Ricks is good).
Taylors Jaraman Cabernet Sauvignon 2018. Best drinking: now and for the next fifteen years. 18/20, 93/100. 14.5%, $34. Taylors website. Would I buy it? A few glasses.
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