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Wakefield Estate - The Legacy 2014

Red Wine from South Australia · Australia
£700.00 £600.00
Case Rate: £600.00
Ex Tax: £500.00
Country:
Wine Region: South Australia
Wine Area: Clare Valley
Winery: Wakefield Estate
Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon
Grape Percentage: 100%
Alcohol Percentage: 14.5%
Unit Quantity (ml): 750
Limited Stock: (2 btls)
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95 pts  Wine Advocate/Robert Parker
Country:
Wine Region: South Australia
Wine Area: Clare Valley
Winery: Wakefield Estate
Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon
Grape Percentage: 100%
Alcohol Percentage: 14.5%
Unit Quantity (ml): 750

Wine tasting notes

A dark garnet red of medium intensity with some development to the hue. A polished wonder of red berry fruit, spice, cedar and lifted tobacco. Overall, very complex with many interwoven elements and layers. A textural expression of the blended varieties with Cabernet Sauvignon most evident showing the luscious cassis version of blackcurrant along with subtle, nutty notes. The savoury complexity delivered by quality French oak marries seamlessly with concentrated, yet delicately presented fruit to deliver a wine of both charm and substance. The wine concludes its perfectly poised journey across the palate with impeccable length and persistence.

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 be ideal for the cultivation of Cabernet Sauvignon vines.

In 1973 Bill Taylor tentatively entered his inaugural Cabernet Sauvignon vintage in Royal Adelaide Wine Show and was delighted to win the prestigious Montgomery Trophy for best red wine in show. Since then Wakefield wines have gone on to win more than 2000 medals and awards in major international wine competitions.

Today Wakefield is headed up by Mitchell Taylor whose philosophy blends an ‘old world’ estate mind set with ‘new world’ winemaking innovation; coupled with an almost fanatical attention to detail and obsession with quality. This results in wines of tremendous quality and style that are made with respect for the company’s family heritage. The Wakefield estate now covers 750 hectares from which a range of distinctive wines to suit every occasion is crafted.

Expert reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2014) - 95 pts

Wakefield's 2014 The Legacy consists of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon (selected from The Visionary stocks), plus 26 other components—mainly Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The result is more vibrant, with the fruit refreshed and playing a more central role in this rich, full-bodied effort. Cassis leads the way, accented by lovely baking spices, vanilla and even a hint of licorice on the long, plush finish.


JancisRobinson.com (2014) - 18+ pts

Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Aged 36 months in French oak. Released to much fanfare in April 2019 with very luxurious packaging. Only 1,080 bottles released. First taste in the world! Candied black fruit, dense and rich with sweet oak on the nose too. Still seems quite restrained on the nose, but the palate is wonderfully fruity with the Cabernet fruit well complemented in the blend, with a plummy note and fleshiness in addition to the classic cassis. Approachable now, but the best is yet to come. Great persistence. Nose really opens up on second sniff. It's impressive, but this wine is as much about the story and packaging as the wine itself, so a tasting note hardly does justice to the experience. (RH)


Matthew Jukes (2014) - 95 pts

To mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of Wakefield, in May 2019 the winery is releasing its most ambitious and exciting wine to date. Inspired by the great Mouton-Rothschilds and Margaux of old, which in turn led to the family Taylor selling their restaurants and hotels in Sydney and buying land in Clare to make wine it was, perhaps, inevitable that when a big anniversary came around they might release an icon Cabernet as opposed to a Shiraz! I was immensely privileged to taste this wine back in March and it is without doubt one of the most awe-inspiring wines I have ever experienced. Winemaker Adam Eggins let me into some of the secrets behind its production and there is no project on which the winemaker and the Taylor family have worked so tirelessly in the last half century. Wakefield The Legacy is made in a limited quantity (1080 bottles), it being a ruthlessly culled barrel selection of the finest fruit fermented in the finest oak in the world, according to Adam. Each bottle is packaged in a beautiful case within which is a three-pronged sculpture representing each of the three generations of the family. Both Merlot and Cabernet Franc are present in the wine and this is because they added even more complexity to the whole. The flavour is like nothing I have ever tasted before, it certainly has a Clare signature but is not an overtly Australian wine. It has completeness, a word Adam uses a lot, suggesting that he has gone to pains to give Wakefield The Legacy the most expansive and all-encompassing flavour that he can create. This staggeringly serious wine spent a full 36 months in a cool, temperature controlled cellar in order that all of the oak was perfectly assimilated with the fruit. Magnificent and also delicate and responsive to the touch, this is a game-changer and I am so pleased that Cabernet Sauvignon was the inspiration and now is the legacy for this incredible winery and its talented team.

Vinification notes

The heart and soul of The Legacy barrel program was maturation in Jean Louis Vicard barrels - a selection by the Cooperage of their finest 36 month old, fine grained and lightly toasted. The wine enjoyed 36 months maturation in a cool, temperature controlled cellar, allowing the oak to impart powerful savoury characters and textural richness.