Price:  £17.95 | Case Rate: £16.99
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Wakefield Estate - Jaraman Chardonnay 2016


  • Country: Australia
  • Wine Region: South Australia
  • Wine Area: Clare Valley
  • Wine Maker: Mitchell Taylor & Adam Eggins
  • Grape: Chardonnay
  • Grape Percentage: 100% Chardonnay
  • Alcohol Percentage: 13.5%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2020
Duty/Vat Paid
Minimum Qty: (6 btls)
WA: 90 (2013) VS: 89 (2012) JR: 17 (2010) WS: 88 (2016) JH: 94 (2013) WF: 92 (2013) NM: 93 (2013)

Wine tasting notes

Jaraman blends grapes from complimentary wine regions to creates a single wine that plays to the strengths of each and is greater than the sum of its parts. This wine delivers well-balanced and evenly distributed fruit flavours of classic melon and peach along with underlying creamy notes from the lees stirring. Texturally, the wine has a retrained, tight structure overall and yet still displays a measure of subtle creaminess to the mid palate and rewards with well integrated oak.

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 (2013)90 pts

July 2015 - Lisa Perrotti-Brown - A blend of Clare Valley and Coonawarra fruit, the deep garnet-purple colored 2013 Jaraman Cabernet Sauvignon opens with tons of minted blackcurrant and black cherry notes with some chocolate and clove hints. The medium to full-bodied palate is filled with juicy fruit, nice freshness and chewy tannins before finishing long.

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2012)89 pts

Ruby-red. Fresh blackberry, cherry pit and licorice on the perfumed nose, along with a floral topnote and a suggestion of black pepper. Sappy, concentrated dark berry and bitter cherry flavors are complemented by a peppery spice quality that builds as the wine opens in the glass. Finishes spicy and taut, with an echo of cracked pepper and subtle tannins. -- Josh Raynolds (2010)17 pts

Tasted Nov 2014 - Enticing smoky oak and spice with an impressively pure fruit and ripe, long persistence. Soft, pillowy mouthfeel. Very Aussie. Clearly a step up from their (very good) basic Cabernet Sauvignon, for only a modest increase in price. GV (RH)

Wine Spectator (2016)88 pts

A floral, perfumed accent weaves in and out of the pear and peach notes, with spice and toast accents lingering and fresh acidity. 

James Halliday (2013)94 pts

Good hue; a medium-bodied wine that meets all reasonable expectations. The cassis, black olive and bay leaf aromas and flavours are clear and uncluttered, but do not deny the oak and tannins their place at the table. I have every confidence the wine will richly repay five to 10+ years in the cellar.

Wine Front (2013)92 pts

Strong with mint and blackcurrant but feels velvety as it slips along the tougue and has enough weight to make you sit up straighter. This is a very good Jaraman cabernet. It will hold and mature but I'd drink it young, mostly because it feels so good to sink your teeth into its youthful juiciness.

Natalie McLean (2013)93 pts

Minty coolness on the nose of this gorgeous Australian red wine is flooded by fleshy blackberry richness on the palate. A hedonistÆs wine to fill the senses. Full-bodied and smooth Cabernet Sauvignon. Finishes with dried herbs, tobacco leaves, cedar brush, cracked black pepper, dark spice and black olive. Firm tannins. Good cellar wine. Very satisfying, especially at this price. Pair with ribeye steak.

Vinification Notes

Aged for 12 months in French oak barrels