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Wakefield Estate - Saint Andrews Shiraz 2014

Information

  • Country: Australia
  • Wine Region: South Australia
  • Wine Area: Clare Valley
  • Wine Maker: Mitchell Taylor & Adam Eggins
  • Grape: Shiraz/Syrah
  • Grape Percentage: 100%
  • Alcohol Percentage: 14.6%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2025
Duty/Vat Paid
VS: 92 (2014) JS: 89 (2014) WE: 95 (2013) JH: 95 (2014) WF: 90 (2013) WiE: 5 Stars (2012)

Wine tasting notes

At release, the wine has a developing brick red colour with a deep crimson heart. The colour is beginning to show very subtle signs of development. The wine has a brooding, savoury complex yet thoroughly enticing aroma. Mouth-watering wafts of chocolate, mocha, toffee and cream intertwine with plum, aniseed and rich berry fruit. The palate is a mouthful of round completeness. The fruit flavours and oak weight are in absolute balance bringing harmony and grace to the palate from start to finish. This is a generous yet elegant wine that showcases Clare Valley Shiraz at its best.

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

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2014)92 pts

(raised for 18 months in new and used American oak barrels) Glass-staining ruby. Expressive blackberry, cherry liqueur, spicecake and mocha aromas are complicated by cracked pepper and incense flourishes. Offers appealingly sweet black and blue fruit preserve flavors along with undertones of licorice and cola. A hint of candied flowers emerges on a very long, sappy finish shaped by smooth tannins. -- Josh Raynolds

James Suckling (2014)89 pts

Aromas of violets, asphalt and tar with a hint of charcuterie. Full body, soft tannins and an ash-like finish. Drink now. Screw cap.

Wine Enthusiast (2013)95 pts

Editor's Choice ( Top 100 no 42) - The Taylor family selected Clare Valley for its Cabernet affinity, but this Shiraz is a knockout. Yes, it's oaky—full of menthol, vanilla and toasted coconut—but there's just enough black cherry and plum fruit to support the wood. It's a plush, full-bodied wine with immense appeal, for drinking now–2025.

James Halliday (2014)95 pts

Machine-harvested, destemmed not crushed, 4 days cold soak, 10-14 days fermentation, 8-12 weeks post-ferment maceration, matured for 22 months in American oak (50% new). This is extreme winemaking, full of traps, but you have to say it worked. The wine manages to absorb the American oak without castrating the fruit, and has excellent length.

Wine Front (2013)90 pts

So many gold medals on the bottle, from so many wine shows around the world. It’s a business out there. Lavish mocha oak, black berries, mint chocolate slice and spice. Full bodied, dark fruits, coffee and tobacco, acidity sits slightly apart from the wine, and tannin is firm, and somewhat woody and drying on the finish. It’s a wine of obvious architecture and edifice, and while it should age, I’d suggest enjoying it young for its bold expression of fruit and wood.

Wine Estate (2012)5 stars

World's Greatest Shiraz Challenge - This is almost perfect', declared one judge. Has many years of cellaring ahead of it. Loads of high quality oak is sitting on top of excellent varietal fruit that gives long, intense flavours.