Price:  £12.95 | Case Rate: £12.16
Ex Tax: £10.79

Wakefield Estate - Estate Shiraz 2016


  • Country: Australia
  • Wine Region: South Australia
  • Wine Area: Clare Valley
  • Wine Maker: Mitchell Taylor & Adam Eggins
  • Grape: Shiraz/Syrah
  • Grape Percentage: 100%
  • Alcohol Percentage: 14%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2018
Duty/Vat Paid
Minimum Qty: (6 btls)
WA: 85 (2014) VS: 89 (2015) WS: 90 (2015) WE: 88 (2016) JH: 89 (2015) WF: 89 (2015)

Wine tasting notes

At release the wine is a dark red colour with ruby red hues. The wine has a seductive, lifted aroma characterised by plum, blackcurrant and dark cherry fruits along with subtle chocolate and a touch of oak derived spice. The palate is rich, luscious and round with intense, perfectly ripened fruit characters. Mocha coffee and subtle spice characters complement generous fruit flavours of plum and blackberry. The wine is medium to full-bodied with a soft mid-palate and supple tannins. It has a well balanced structure with great texture, good length and lashings of fruit on the finish.

Winery Information

Wakefield Estate

Wakefield is a third generation family wine business and was founded in 1969 by Bill Taylor inspired by his love for the red wines of Bordeaux’s Medoc region. He was drawn to South Australia’s Clare Valley where his first 178 hectare vineyard was planted on the banks of the Wakefield River close to the village of Auburn. The vineyard was carefully chosen to benefit from red-brown loam over limestone soils (also known as Terra Rossa) and the Clare Valley’s cool climate which were known to.. read more

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2014)85 pts

July 2015 - Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Medium deep garnet-purple in color, the 2014 Shiraz is slightly rubbery on the nose with notes of tar and licorice encasing the blackcurrant and blackberry aromatic core. Medium-bodied, the palate is simple and fresh with soft tannins and a medium-long finish.

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2015)89 pts

Bright violet. Ripe, smoke-tinged cherry and red berries on the nose and in the mouth. Smooth and broad, with a hint of warmth emerging on the back half. Finishes on a youthfully tannic note, showing good persistence and a touch of cracked pepper.

Wine Spectator (2015)90 pts

Elegant and effortless, with a weightless feeling to the juicy cherry, rosemary and spice flavors. Polished on the long finish.

Wine Enthusiast (2016)88 pts

This wine boasts aromas of red and black berry, cola, cedar, red licorice and soy sauce. The palate is more one-dimensional, with medium weight, savory tannins and a tangy finish.

James Halliday (2015)89 pts

Matured in American oak. The colour is deep, but bright; blackberry, plum, mocha and chocolate flavours are simply an extension of the bouquet; in traditional generous Clare Valley style which will do well in overseas wine shows, and offers plenty to chew on at this price (below $20 if you shop around).

Wine Front (2015)89 pts

Taylors shiraz has been delivering good value for yonks. The front label comes with a great number of gold and silver medals but interestingly, none of these medals are from the (generally, but still fatally flawed) more rigorous Australian wine show ‘system’. It would be fascinating to know exactly how many wine shows, all around the world, this wine has been entered into. The medals come from Spain, China, USA and the UK. This continues the run of decent form. You wouldn’t say that it over delivers but it does serve up a satisfying amount of plummy, mint-inflected flavour, and it does so in soft/smooth fashion. It’s simple but it’s effective. Floral notes, and sweet redcurrant, help build a pretty-enough picture.