Taylors 2007 Late Bottle Vintage (LBV) was first feared it would never come to pass. Due to the winter preceding the 2006 harvest being extremely cold and dry, leaving the reserves for water severely depleted after an already dry and hot 2006. This in turn, meant that the growing season started later than usual, mainly down to the cold weather and shortage of water. The grapes produced in the whole of the growing season were marked by lower vigor and small berry size, but it also meant that if the harvest was complete, the grapes could be more flavoursome than usual. Although the rainfall was short and limited, in the heat and drought like conditions, the ripening process continued as normal, although at a slower pace than usual. Fortunately, the dry summer conditions were relieved by steady rainfall, giving the vines the critical relief that they needed, enabling them to complete the ripening process and deliver a perfectly ripe and well balanced crop with huge potential. The colour of the Taylors 2006 LBV is a deep ruby colour. The nose is elegant and combines fresh and intense blackcurrant and cherry aromas with subtle notes of liquorice and spice. On the palate the rich and concentrated black fruit flavour is supported by firm well-integrated tannin. True to the hallmark of Taylor’s style, the wine shows great balance and finesse.
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