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Wakefield Estate - Saint Andrews Riesling 2015

Information

  • Country: Australia
  • Wine Region: South Australia
  • Wine Area: Clare Valley
  • Wine Maker: Mitchell Taylor & Adam Eggins
  • Grape: Riesling
  • Grape Percentage: 100% Riesling
  • Alcohol Percentage: 12.9%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2025
Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 91+ (2014) VS: 90 (2015) WS: 90 (2015) WE: 93 (2015) JH: 96 (2015) WF: 90 (2015) WiE: 5 Stars (2015) HH: 95 (2015) RJ: 95 (2015) Misc: 5 Stars (2015)

Wine tasting notes

At release, the wine is a very pale straw colour with a slight green tinge to the edge. The wine displays zesty lemon and lime aromas along with faint orange blossom and talc. This particular Clare Riesling is still tight and restrained with a linear focus to the palate and purity of fruit flavours. There are lashings of fresh lemon/lime juice characters up front and a slate-like minerality across the mid-palate. It is backed up by a persistent and refreshing lime acid finish. Under ideal conditions this wine should cellar well to 2035, possibly longer.

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)91+ pts

July 2015 - Lisa Perrotti-Brown - The 2014 St Andrews Single Vineyard Release Riesling is redolent of lime juice, white pepper and lemon zest with hints of chalk and orange blossoms. Light-bodied, dry and crisp, the elegant and intense palate finishes long and with mineral nuances.

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2015)90 pts

Pale, green-tinged yellow. Penetrating citrus and pit fruit scents are complemented by hints of chalky minerals, pungent flowers and lemongrass. Juicy and deeply concentrated but nervy in the mouth, offering fresh peach, pear, Meyer lemon and honeysuckle flavors that show excellent focus and mineral drive. The mineral and peach notes repeat emphatically on the finish, which lingers with outstanding persistence and building florality. -- Josh Raynolds

Wine Spectator (2015)90 pts

A mouthwatering mix of papaya, lime and Meyer lemon favors. Intense, sleek and focused, with terrific clarity on the finish, accented by a whiff of honeysuckle. Drink now.

Wine Enthusiast (2015)93 pts

This is a ripe Clare Valley Riesling, but it balances its peachy overtones with powerful citrus zest and hints of crushed stone. There's a touch of roundness to the midpalate, then plenty of length on the finish.

James Halliday (2015)96 pts

Has won three gold medals at even more questionable US competitions than those won by its Clare Valley sibling, including the 'World Wine Championship Awards '15'. A very elegant wine with diamond-cut varietal delineation, pure riesling fruit the centrepiece. Lovely now, better in a decade.

Wine Front (2015)90 pts

Well, for a one year old Riesling, it already smells quite developed. Lime juice, toast, tangerine skin and soapy perfume. Steps up on the palate with a gentle chalky texture, good limey flavour offering crunch and bite, and a slightly thick finish of good length. It’s pretty good drinking now.

Wine Estate (2015)5 stars

A pure classic varietal. The nose is shy and not giving much away except hints of florals. The vibrant palate is quite drying and austere but delicious with a delicate phenolic grip. Needs time.

Huon Hooke (2015)95 pts

Very light, bright straw yellow hue. Intense lime flower, lemon juice aroma, fresh and vibrant, restrained and delicate. The same could be said of the palate, which is tight and dry, clean and delicate with lovely softness and a seamless flow. Crisp, refreshing acidity and appetising finish. Lovely wine of great harmony. Delicious now and will age superbly.

Ray Jordan (2015)95 pts

One of the finest rieslings produced in the CLare and Watervale region. This one from Clare sits right on the border with Watervale. It is so flinty tight and crisp with juicy, tense crunchiness. Has a lovely wet, pebbly character that dominates the palate. So long and precise, with many years of cellaring ahead of it.

Miscellaneous (2015)5 stars

Robert Whitley, WIne Reviews Online 95pts - "It's too bad on some level that the St. Andrews single-vineyard Riesling from Wakefield is so inviting now, for in another 10 to 15 years it will be positively astounding. That's the typical path for the finer dry Rieslings from Australia's Clare Valley and it's one St. Andrews is apt to follow. For the near term, however, St. Andrews shows notes of lime and stony minerals, with a firm texture that will become more oily and rounded with age. Even at this early juncture it's a stunning Riesling."