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Wakefield Estate - Saint Andrews Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Information

  • Country: Australia
  • Wine Region: South Australia
  • Wine Area: Clare Valley
  • Wine Maker: Mitchell Taylor & Adam Eggins
  • Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Grape Percentage: 100%
  • Alcohol Percentage: 14.6%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2017
Duty/Vat Paid
Minimum Qty: (6 btls)
WA: 92 (2012) VS: 93 (2014) WS: 90 (2014) JS: 92 (2014) WE: 93 (2014) JH: 95 (2014)

Wine tasting notes

At release, the wine is a dark red colour with a faint brick red hue to the edge. The depth and intensity of the colour means it should hold for many years to come. The wine has lifted and distinctly varietal aromas of cassis, mint and violets along with fresh, vibrant blackcurrant fruit and subtle cigar and tobacco from the oak. The palate has a classic Cabernet structure with bright fruit up front, mint freshness through the mid palate and finishing with long, fine-grained tannins. These characters are matched with lashings of chocolate, cedar and cinnamon from the French oak maturation. It is a generous wine which is beautifully ripened yet retains poise and the elegance of great Cabernet Sauvignon.

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 (2012)92 pts

July 2015 - Lisa Perrotti-Brown -Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2012 St Andrews Cabernet Sauvignon is bursting with pronounced aromas of red and black currants, menthol and cloves intermixing with cigar box notes plus hints of chocolate and earth. Medium to full-bodied, the elegant palate possesses lovely fruit concentration plus firm, ripe tannins supported by a crisp acid backbone through the long finish. It should age well

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2014)93 pts

Oct 2017 - Youthful violet. An expansive bouquet evokes candied cherry, black currant and vanilla, along with suggestions of sandalwood, licorice and woodsmoke. At once concentrated and lively, offering sweet, focused black and blue fruit and spicecake flavors and a touch of star anise. Smooth, harmonious tannins add shape to an impressively long, sweet finish that echoes the spice and vanilla notes. Even though this wine clocks in at 14.98 percent alcohol, I don't detect any undue weight or heat, which is probably a function of its relatively low (3.49) pH. -- Josh Raynolds

Wine Spectator (2014)90 pts

The chocolate-laced cherry and blackberry flavors are rich and thick, with plenty of spice and black tea notes lingering. A dried rosemary detail hangs on the finish. Drink now through 2026.

James Suckling (2014)92 pts

This delivers handy depth of cassis, blue plum and redcurrant cabernet character. Tarry, savory notes with a wealth of rich tannins and succulent punchy acid. The depth here is good. Drink now to 2025.

Wine Enthusiast (2014)93 pts

Editor's Choice/Cellar Selection/ Top 100 Wines 2017 #95 - Wakefield (known as Taylor's in Australia) was founded as a Cabernet-focused estate. While the range has expanded over time, Cabernet Sauvignon remains a strength. Brown sugar and cedar frame cassis fruit on the nose; the palate shows just enough juicy, mouthwatering fruit to support the ample oak. This is full bodied yet supple, with crisp acids showing on the finish.

James Halliday (2014)95 pts

Estate-grown, the fermentation identical to that of the Shiraz except that part is fermented in a large-format French foudre, and the 50% new oak is French, not American, the post-ferment maceration 8-12 weeks, not 4. It is massively full-bodied, and really needs decades to reach its best a la Wynns John Riddoch, but it does have balance, and the varietal character is not lost.