It’s been 50 years since Taylors founded their winery on the banks of the Wakefield River in the Clare Valley. To mark this auspicious milestone, and with a nod to Bordeaux, the family has released what may be their finest wine yet. 2014 The Legacy ($1,000), predominantly made from cabernet sauvignon with small parcels of merlot and cabernet franc, has a hefty price tag, but only 1,080 bottles of this rare drop have been made to be shared on home shores and around the world.
“This is a wine three generations in the making,” says MD and Winemaker, Mitchell Taylor. “The Legacy is a testament to my grandfather and father’s work establishing the Taylor name across the wine industry.” The sky was the limit when it came to creating the wine. The fruit comes from exceptional vineyard blocks on the Taylors estate, the selection and integration of oak has been meticulously overseen by chief winemaker Adam Eggins.
Each bottle is artfully encased in a three-pronged sculpture – with each prong signed by a representative from one of the three generations. Taylors’ iconic seahorse emblem, handcrafted in silver and coated in precious rhodium to ensure it won’t tarnish, is displayed in all its glory on the tapered glass bottle. Innovative measures have been taken to protect from fraud, too, with the screwcap closure containing a security chip. The first of its kind, the chip enables purchasers to access information about their wine through their smartphone. What more could you want?
Images courtesy of Karl Schwerdtfeger and James Newman