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

Wakefield Estate - Estate Merlot 2016


  • Country: Australia
  • Wine Region: South Australia
  • Wine Area: Clare Valley
  • Wine Maker: Mitchell Taylor & Adam Eggins
  • Grape: Merlot
  • Grape Percentage: 100%
  • Alcohol Percentage: 13.8%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2018
Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 89 (2014) JR: 16.5 (2012) JS: 90 (2016) WE: 89 (2013) JH: 87 (2015) WF: 88 (2015) NM: 90 (2014)

Wine tasting notes

At release, the wine is a vibrant, youthful red with an intense red/purple hue. The wine displays lifted aromas of raspberry, cherry and violets with enticing vanilla bean, spice and cinnamon from quality oak maturation. the wine showcases layers of ripe, dark fruit alongside rich fruit cake characters. The mouthfeel is exactly as you would expect with a velvety softness. Oak maturation has delivered flavours of vanilla, mocha and subtle spice and the finish has a pleasing degree of elegance.

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)89 pts

July 2015 - Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon offers a classic blackcurrant nose with clove, pencil shavings and menthol highlights. Medium to full-bodied, the concentrated palate is very pure and is framed by nice, grainy tannin and just enough freshness. It finishes long. (2012)16.5 pts

Tasted Nov 2014 - Extremely candied fruit on the nose, with stone-cold classic aromas of blackcurrant, sap and Ribena. Absolutely nothing savoury about this whatsoever - and proud of it. (RH)

James Suckling (2016)90 pts

A juicy and flavorful red with dark-berries, dark-chocolate and walnut character. Full body, soft tannins and a savory finish. Merlot works. Better in 2019.

Wine Enthusiast (2013)89 pts

Wakefield (known as Taylors in Australia) was founded in Clare with the goal of producing world-class Cabernet Sauvignon, so it's no surprise this wine is a solid effort. Cassis and black-tea notes are carried easily by the medium body and dusty tannins that turn silkier on the finish.

James Halliday (2015)87 pts

A trophy (Best Value Wine) and gold medal at the China Wine and Spirits Awards '15 speaks for itself. Chunky stewed fruit flavours; the Clare Valley is not a happy hunting ground for merlot.

Wine Front (2015)88 pts

Meatier and gruntier than you might expect of an affordably-priced merlot. There’s a bit of tannin here, a bit of pucker. It’s generally berried with input from loamy earth and loganberry. It drinks pretty well, it has to be said. The flavour profile is closer to cabernet than to shiraz, as it should be.

Natalie McLean (2014)90 pts

Juicy, full-bodied, rich and delicious on the palate. This robust red wine at a great price offers tremendous value and bang for your buck. Attractive aromas of mint and blackberry on the nose. It finishes nicely with black plum, espresso and cloves. Black in hue with aromas to match of dark fruit, tar and smoky oak. Pair with juicy hamburgers.