Bill Taylor senior and his 2 sons Bill Jr and John, purchased their 178 hectare site in the Clare Vallley the 1960s. Now headed up by Mitchell, Bill Jnr’s son and his two brothers Justin and Clinton: the Taylors are a founding member of the Australian First Families of Wine, with Mitchell as Chair.
The Jaraman range seeks to find suitable regional partners for their Clare Valley fruit, giving good yin to yang. Elegant, modern slate coloured packaging differentiates this range from the traditional Estate “white label” yet the familiar 3 seahorses swim proudly at the crest.
Jaraman, Chardonnay, Clare Valley and Margaret River, 2014
Evocative nose of ripe yellow stone fruit, waxy lees, hessian sacks and refreshing zesty grapefruit skin.
An exquisite chardonnay made for cultured drinking. Savoury, briny hints (thanks to the Margaret River seaside spray) and a lovely balance of blanched nuts, plenty of tangy citrus & vanilla-esque sweetness. Showing restraint for the here and now; Long and linear drive and focus. One glass is not enough.
Jaraman, Shiraz, Clare Valley and McLaren Vale, 2013
Inky blue plums with a minty tang. White pepper lightly sprinkled over spiced oak. Very pretty chocolate and cherry. Like one of those little foil wrapped liqueuer-filled chocolates that I seem to get every year at Christmas. Cool dark Clare marries well with fun loving McLaren Vale. Black fruits brought to the party with good time McLaren Vale Jubey Jive. Sheets of fine tannins wash intense plummy fruit. Poised, this is a wine with intent and drive.
Jaraman, Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare Valley and Coonawarra, 2013
Green olive and black olive. Cassis and resin. Black pastille gloss and a meaty counterpoint.
Almost syrupy with hyper fine tannins that work like a MicroPlane Grater across through the palate. Olive savoury with chicory bittersweet tartness. Herbaceous, (almost medicinal) lift. Closed, reticent and dark. Only after being open for 2 days did light black fruit start to peak like first light at dawn after a moonless night.
An odd beastie, this will need time to (hopefully) age wonderfully.