Taylors joins luxury bottling trend for China

Family-owned Clare Valley winery Taylors (tastings) has joined the trend for bottling a special luxury wine for the Asian market.

Taylors, whose top wines till now have been its St Andrews reds at $65, has bottled a new cabernet sauvignon called The Visionary, after founder Bill Taylor senior, and made from the best blocks on the property including the oldest vines, now 46 years old.

It is a 2009 vintage, to be released in November at about $120, and is marvellously rich, ripe, concentrated and fruit-sweet, yet also beautifully balanced.

A fair proportion will be exported to Asia, but CEO Mitchell Taylor says the company won’t be bowing to pressure from China to revert to corks: Taylors has been 100 per cent screwcapped since 2004.

“We have an education program in China and the message is that the screwcap is all about quality,” says Taylor. 

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