Full Review

Taylor Made

Taylor Made
2017 BDX Red Blend, Clare Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: Australia
Alcohol: 14.5% RS: <1%
93 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$25

Taylor Made
2017 BDX Red Blend, Clare Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: Australia
Alcohol: 14.5% RS: <1%
Black garnet color. Aromas and flavors of black cassis, pencil shavings, raspberry coulis, and bay leaf with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, elegant, long finish with accents of toasted almond nougat, dark chocolate, carob cookie, and black licorice with well-integrated, medium tannins and moderate oak flavor. An upstanding Bordeaux blend from Clare Valley with great concentration.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Crisp & Lively, Juicy & Smooth, Oaky, Rich & Full & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: black cassis, pencil shavings, raspberry coulis, and bay leaf
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with accents of toasted almond nougat, dark chocolate, carob cookie, and black licorice
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: In 3-6 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Grilled Flank Steak, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: An upstanding Bordeaux blend from Clare Valley with great concentration.

The Producer

Wakefield Taylors Wines

The Producer
PO Box 90
Auburn, South Australia 5451
Australia
61 -2 8585 3518

Their Portfolio

85 St. Andrews 2018 Riesling, Clare Valley 12% (Australia) $35.00.
90 Taylor Made 2016 Chardonnay, Adelaide Hills 14% (Australia) $22.00.
92 Taylor Made 2016 Malbec, Clare Valley 13.5% (Australia) $19.00.
93 Taylor Made 2016 Malbec, Clare Valley 13.5% (Australia) $22.00.
90 Taylor Made 2017 Rosé, Pinot Noir, Adelaide Hills 13% (Australia) $22.00.
91 Taylor Made 2016 Malbec, Clare Valley 13.5% (Australia) $22.00.
86 Taylor Made 2017 Rosé, Pinot Noir, Adelaide Hills 13% (Australia) $25.00.
92 Taylor Made 2017 Malbec, Clare Valley 13.5% (Australia) $25.00.
93 Taylor Made 2018 Wild Ferment, Pinot Noir, Adelaide Hills 14% (Australia) $25.00.
93 Taylor Made 2017 BDX Red Blend, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $25.00.
86 Taylors Winemakers Project 2017 Cellar Door Exclusive, Fiano, Clare Valley 13.5% (Australia) $22.00.
85 Taylors Winemakers Project 2016 Pinot Noir, Tasmania 14% (Australia) $32.00.
93 Wakefield/Taylors 2014 St. Andrews, Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $50.00.
92 Wakefield/Taylors 2014 St. Andrews, Shiraz, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $50.00.
92 Wakefield/Taylors 2015 St. Andrews, Chardonnay, Clare Valley 13.5% (Australia) $32.00.
84 Wakefield/Taylors 2016 St. Andrews, Riesling, Clare Valley 12.5% (Australia) $32.00.
91 Wakefield/Taylors 2015 Reserve Parcel, Shiraz, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $22.00.
89 Wakefield/Taylors 2015 Shiraz, Clare Valley 14% (Australia) $18.00.
91 Wakefield/Taylors 2015 Jaraman, Shiraz, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $22.00.
88 Wakefield/Taylors 2015 Jaraman, Chardonnay, Clare Valley 14% (Australia) $22.00.
88 Wakefield/Taylors 2016 Tempranillo, McLaren Vale 13.5% (Australia) $18.00.
91 Wakefield/Taylors 2015 Reserve Parcel, Shiraz, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $22.00.
92 Wakefield/Taylors 2014 St. Andrews, Shiraz, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $50.00.
89 Wakefield/Taylors 2014 St. Andrews, Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $50.00.
91 Wakefield/Taylors 2015 St. Andrews, Chardonnay, Clare Valley 13.5% (Australia) $32.00.
90 Wakefield/Taylors 2016 Pinot Gris, Adelaide Hills 13% (Australia) $18.00.
87 Wakefield/Taylors 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare Valley 14% (Australia) $18.00.
87 Wakefield/Taylors 2016 Pinot Noir, Adelaide Hills 14% (Australia) $18.00.
89 Wakefield/Taylors 2015 Shiraz, Clare Valley 14% (Australia) $18.00.
92 Wakefield/Taylors 2015 Jaraman, Shiraz, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $22.00.
92 Wakefield/Taylors 2014 Jaraman, Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $22.00.
88 Wakefield/Taylors 2015 Jaraman, Chardonnay, Clare Valley 14% (Australia) $22.00.
85 Wakefield/Taylors 2016 Promised Land, Shiraz, South Australia 14% (Australia) $13.00.
87 Wakefield/Taylors 2015 Reserve Parcel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $22.00.
84 Wakefield/Taylors 2015 Special Release, Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $15.00.
87 Wakefield/Taylors 2015 Special Release, Shiraz, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $15.00.
87 Wakefield/Taylors 2016 Merlot, Clare Valley 14% (Australia) $18.00.
88 Wakefield/Taylors 2016 Shiraz, Clare Valley 14% (Australia) $18.00.
92 Wakefield/Taylors 2014 The Visionary, Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $140.00.
84 Wakefield/Taylors 2016 Jaraman, Chardonnay, Clare Valley 13.5% (Australia) $22.00.
87 Wakefield/Taylors 2015 80 Acres, Shiraz, South Australia 14% (Australia) $14.00.
86 Wakefield/Taylors 2015 80 Acres, Shiraz-Cabernet-Merlot, South Australia 14% (Australia) $14.00.
84 Wakefield/Taylors 2016 Chardonnay, Clare Valley 13.5% (Australia) $18.00.
88 Wakefield/Taylors 2016 Riesling, Clare Valley 12.5% (Australia) $18.00.
90 Wakefield/Taylors 2016 St. Andrews, Riesling, Clare Valley 12.5% (Australia) $32.00.
91 Wakefield/Taylors 2016 Jaraman, Chardonnay, Clare Valley 14% (Australia) $19.00.
92 Wakefield/Taylors 2015 Jaraman, Shiraz, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $22.99.
89 Wakefield/Taylors 2016 Shiraz, Clare Valley 14% (Australia) $19.00.
91 Wakefield/Taylors 2016 Merlot, Clare Valley 14% (Australia) $19.00.
89 Wakefield/Taylors 2016 Jaraman, Pinot Noir, Yarra Valley 13.5% (Australia) $22.99.
91 Wakefield/Taylors 2016 Promised Land, Shiraz, South Australia 14% (Australia) $13.00.
86 Wakefield/Taylors 2016 Promised Land, Cabernet Sauvignon, South Australia 13.5% (Australia) $13.00.
92 Wakefield/Taylors 2015 Reserve Parcel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare Valley 14% (Australia) $19.00.
94 Wakefield/Taylors 2017 Riesling, Clare Valley 12.5% (Australia) $19.00.
88 Wakefield/Taylors 2016 Promised Land, Cabernet - Merlot, South Australia 13.5% (Australia) $13.00.
90 Wakefield/Taylors 2015 Special Release, Shiraz, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $12.99.
90 Wakefield/Taylors 2015 Special Release, Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $12.99.
90 Wakefield/Taylors 2015 Eighty Acres, Shiraz, South Australia 14% (Australia) $15.00.
88 Wakefield/Taylors 2015 Eighty Acres, Cabernet-Shiraz-Merlot, South Australia 14% (Australia) $15.00.
91 Wakefield/Taylors 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare Valley 14% (Australia) $19.00.
91 Wakefield/Taylors 2015 Reserve Parcel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $22.00.
91 Wakefield/Taylors 2016 Shiraz, Clare Valley 14% (Australia) $18.00.
93 Wakefield/Taylors 2015 Jaraman, Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare Valley-Coonawarra 14.5% (Australia) $22.00.
93 Wakefield/Taylors 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare Valley 14% (Australia) $18.00.
84 Wakefield/Taylors 2016 Jaraman, Chardonnay, Adelaide Hills-Clare Valley 14% (Australia) $22.00.
88 Wakefield/Taylors 2016 Reserve Parcel, Shiraz, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $22.00.
90 Wakefield/Taylors 2015 St Andrews, Shiraz, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $50.00.
92 Wakefield/Taylors 2015 St Andrews, Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $50.00.
88 Wakefield/Taylors 2017 Promised Land, Shiraz, South Australia 14% (Australia) $13.00.
89 Wakefield/Taylors 2016 One Giant Leap, Shiraz, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $24.00.
89 Wakefield/Taylors 2016 Special Release, Shiraz, Clare Valley 14% (Australia) $15.00.
93 Wakefield/Taylors 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare Valley 14% (Australia) $18.00.
89 Wakefield/Taylors 2016 Jaraman, Pinot Noir, Yarra Valley 13.5% (Australia) $22.00.
89 Wakefield/Taylors 2017 Tempranillo, McLaren Vale 13.5% (Australia) $18.00.
93 Wakefield/Taylors 2014 The Pioneer Exceptional Parcel Release, Shiraz, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $140.00.
90 Wakefield/Taylors 2017 Riesling, Clare Valley 12.5% (Australia) $18.00.
87 Wakefield/Taylors 2017 St Andrews, Riesling, Clare Valley 12.5% (Australia) $32.00.
93 Wakefield/Taylors 2015 St Andrews, Shiraz, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $50.00.
94 Wakefield/Taylors 2015 St Andrews, Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $50.00.
92 Wakefield/Taylors 2016 Reserve Parcel, Shiraz, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $22.00.
91 Wakefield/Taylors 2016 Jaraman, Shiraz, Clare Valley-McLaren Vale 14.5% (Australia) $22.00.
93 Wakefield/Taylors 2015 Jaraman, Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra-Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $22.00.
91 Wakefield/Taylors 2017 Rosé, Pinot Noir, Adelaide Hills 13% (Australia) $18.00.
88 Wakefield/Taylors 2017 Chardonnay, Clare Valley 13.5% (Australia) $19.00.
89 Wakefield/Taylors 2017 Shiraz, Clare Valley 14% (Australia) $19.00.
91 Wakefield/Taylors 2017 Merlot, Clare Valley 14% (Australia) $19.00.
87 Wakefield/Taylors 2017 Promised Land, Shiraz, South Australia 14% (Australia) $13.00.
93 Wakefield/Taylors 2015 Jaraman, Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra-Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $29.50.
89 Wakefield/Taylors 2017 Pinot Gris, Clare Valley-Adelaide Hills 13% (Australia) $19.00.
85 Wakefield/Taylors 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, Adelaide Hills 13.5% (Australia) $19.00.
88 Wakefield/Taylors 2017 Promised Land, Chardonnay, South Australia 13% (Australia) $13.00.
87 Wakefield/Taylors 2016 Special Release, Shiraz, Clare Valley 14% (Australia) $14.99.
92 Wakefield/Taylors 2017 Reserve Parcel, Shiraz, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $25.00.
90 Wakefield/Taylors 2016 Promised Land , Shiraz-Cabernet, South Australia 14% (Australia) $13.00.
89 Wakefield/Taylors 2017 Shiraz, Clare Valley 14% (Australia) $20.99.
91 Wakefield/Taylors 2017 Merlot, Clare Valley 14% (Australia) $20.99.
87 Wakefield/Taylors 2016 Special Release, Shiraz, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $20.99.
92 Wakefield/Taylors 2017 Reserve Parcel, Shiraz, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $25.00.
88 Wakefield/Taylors 2016 St. Andrews, Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare Valley 14% (Australia) $80.00.
92 Wakefield/Taylors 2016 St. Andrews, Shiraz, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $80.00.
91 Wakefield/Taylors 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare Valley 14% (Australia) $20.99.
91 Wakefield/Taylors 2017 Jaraman, Shiraz, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $30.00.
93 Wakefield/Taylors 2017 St. Andrews, Riesling, Clare Valley 12.5% (Australia) $35.00.
90 Wakefield/Taylors 2017 St. Andrews, Chardonnay, Clare Valley 13% (Australia) $35.00.
89 Wakefield/Taylors 2017 Shiraz, Clare Valley 14% (Australia) $20.99.
91 Wakefield/Taylors 2017 Merlot, Clare Valley 14% (Australia) $20.99.
92 Wakefield/Taylors 2017 Reserve Parcel, Shiraz, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $25.00.
88 Wakefield/Taylors 2016 St. Andrews, Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare Valley 14% (Australia) $80.00.
92 Wakefield/Taylors 2016 St. Andrews, Shiraz, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $80.00.
91 Wakefield/Taylors 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare Valley 14% (Australia) $20.99.
91 Wakefield/Taylors 2017 Jaraman, Shiraz, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $30.00.
93 Wakefield/Taylors 2017 St. Andrews, Riesling, Clare Valley 12.5% (Australia) $35.00.
90 Wakefield/Taylors 2017 St. Andrews, Chardonnay, Clare Valley 13% (Australia) $35.00.
88 Wakefield/Taylors 2018 Rosé, Pinot Noir, Adelaide Hills 13% (Australia) $19.00.
91 Wakefield/Taylors 2017 Special Release, Shiraz, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $25.00.
88 Wakefield/Taylors 2018 Tempranillo, Clare Valley-McLaren Vale 14% (Australia) $19.00.
91 Wakefield/Taylors 2016 Jaraman, Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra-Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $30.00.
94 Wakefield/Taylors 2018 Reserve Parcel, Riesling, Clare Valley 12% (Australia) $25.00.
89 Wakefield/Taylors 2018 Promised Land, Semillon Sauvignon Blanc, South Australia 12.5% (Australia) $14.00.
90 Wakefield/Taylors 2019 Sauvignon Blanc 13.5% (Australia) $20.00.
88 Wakefield/Taylors 2018 Pinot Gris 12.5% (Australia) $20.00.
88 Wakefield/Taylors 2018 Rosé 12.5% (Australia) $20.00.
89 Wakefield/Taylors 2017 Promised Land, Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon, South Australia 14% (Australia) $14.00.
87 Wakefield/Taylors 2018 Chardonnay 13% (Australia) $20.00.
93 Wakefield/Taylors 2018 Tempranillo, Clare Valley/McLaren Vale 13.5% (Australia) $20.00.
90 Wakefield/Taylors 2018 Merlot 14% (Australia) $20.00.
91 Wakefield/Taylors 2018 Shiraz 14.5% (Australia) $20.00.
90 Wakefield/Taylors 2017 St. Andrews, Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare Valley 14% (Australia) $50.00.
89 Wakefield/Taylors 2017 St. Andrews, Shiraz, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $50.00.
89 Wakefield/Taylors 2018 Jaraman, Shiraz, Clare Valley-McLaren Vale 14.5% (Australia) $22.00.
91 Wakefield/Taylors 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare Valley 14% (Australia) $18.00.

Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend

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Serve in a Cabernet Wine Glass
The greatness of red wines from France's Bordeaux region can be largely attributed to the art of blending. There are five red varieties that can be used in a Bordeaux red: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec (this last is rarely seen anymore in Bordeaux).

The reason for blending several grapes to craft the final wine is for greater complexity as well as elegance. Each grape has various characteristics and can attribute special qualities to the final wine. Cabernet Sauvignon is powerful and tannins, while Merlot has lighter tannins, while Cabernet Franc has a spicy, peppery quality to it. Blending these grapes together will round out all of these qualities; sort of a "the whole is greater than the sum of the parts" rationale.

This principal of blending is used in many regions besides Bordeaux, especially in California, were the blends are often given proprietary names, like Opus One, Insignia, and Quintessa. US blends of Bordeaux varietals may also be labeled, in addition to their proprietary name, by the designation of Meritage if they are approved and licensed by the Meritage Alliance.

Blending in Bordeaux is common not only on the prestigious wines from historic estates that cost hundreds of dollars per bottle, but also on the lighter-styled wines that are priced in the mid-teens. Aging potential can often be directly linked to the price of the wine, from three to five years to three to five decades.

Pair these wines with most red meats, games or roasts.