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Wakefield Estate - The Visionary Cabernet Sauvignon 2012


  • Country: Australia
  • Wine Region: South Australia
  • Wine Area: Clare Valley
  • Wine Maker: Mitchell Taylor & Adam Eggins
  • Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Grape Percentage: 100%
  • Alcohol Percentage: 13.6%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2025
Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 93+ (2009) VS: 91 (2009) WS: 90 (2010) WE: 91 (2009) JH: 95 (2010) JG: 94 (2009) WF: 96+ (2010) HH: 95 (2009) Misc: 99 Stars (2010) Misc: 97 Stars (2010) Misc: 5 Stars (2010)

Wine tasting notes

This pinnacle release Cabernet Sauvignon is crafted from the very finest fruit selection and is entirely estate grown and bottled on the Taylor family estate in the Clare Valley, South Australia. The wine displays a pristine clarity and brilliance in the glass with excellent deep ruby hue and a deep, dark core. Its nose is perfumed and concentrated with great focus and balance between exuberant fresh vinosity and fine-grain oak that closes around the youthful bouquet and keeps it in check. The wine is beautiful now in the mouth, with classic savoury tannins and yet an explosive core of generously proportioned cassis and dark fruits at its heart. Finely stated oak tannins and vinous richness intertwine perfectly on the palate and lead to a thoroughly satisfying, elegant and tightly-defined finish, full of great promise for an extended and highly rewarding maturation in the cellar.

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 (2009)93+ pts

May 2014 - Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2009 The Visionary Cabernet Sauvignon is scented of warm blackcurrant cordial, dried mulberries and red currant jelly with hints of sauteed herbs, pencil shavings, cardamom and chocolate. The full-bodied palate absolutely fills the mouth with intense blackberry, menthol, dried herb and toasty oak flavors along with plenty of finely grained tannins and refreshing acid to support. It finishes with great length. Drink it now to 2024+.

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2009)91 pts

July/Aug '14 by Josh Raynolds -Saturated ruby. Sexy aromas of dark berry preserves, lavender, pipe tobacco and cedary oak, with a spicy nuance adding lift. Sweet and penetrating on the palate, offering intense blackberry and cherry-vanilla flavors lifted by juicy acidity. Shows very good energy and focus on the finish, which features supple tannins and a touch of mocha. This fruit was sourced from four different blocks of vines and each parcel was fermented separately and aged in a combination of new, one- and two-year-old French oak barrels before being blended and bottled in December of 2011.

Wine Spectator (2010)90 pts

Aug 15 - Lithe, focused and open-textured, with refined tannins around a sleek core of red berry, guava and floral flavors, weaving in white pepper notes as the finish persists.

Wine Enthusiast (2009)91 pts

The tannins of this refined yet full-bodied Cabernet come across as sinfully silky in texture, giving the wine a sense of softness while still providing structure. Smoke, maple syrup and cassis notes gracefully intertwine on the nose and palate, then end on a long, cedar-laced finish. Drink now–2020. — J.C. (10/1/2014)

James Halliday (2010)95 pts

Presented in a super-heavyweight, tall bottle with expensive labelling, this certainly looks the part, however heavy its carbon footprint must be. The wine opens with sweet cassis fruit, then cedary oak begins its song, powdery tannins providing the drum beat. Difficult to achieve more in the Clare Valley with cabernet.

Jamie Goode (2009)94 pts

Back in 1969, Bill Taylor bought 440 acres of land on the banks of the Wakefield River, near Auburn in the Clare valley. At this time, the Australian wine industry was focused on making fortified wines. But Bill wanted to make great Cabernet to rival the top wines of Bordeaux. Taylors (known in export markets as Wakefield) have now released a super-cuvee Cabernet in honour of Bill, titled 'The Visionary' It's an exceptional wine, and I suspect we'll only really know how good it is in a couple of decades. I a big fan of Clare Cabernet: it's under-appreciated. This is an expensive wine (Aus$130), but compared with what Penfolds are asking for their Bin series wines these days, it's a bargain of sorts, because it is pretty serious. Wakefield (Taylors) The Visionary Exceptional Parcel Release 2009 Clare Valley, Australia 14% alcohol. Sweet, ripe, pure blackberry and blackcurrant fruit nose with some slightly savoury blackcurrant bud notes. The palate is sweet, concentrated, ripe and dense but also has freshness and good acidity. It's essence of Cabernet Sauvignon, combining attractive sweet fruit with concentration and structure. I reckon it will age well. 94/100

Wine Front (2010)96+ pts

The top end Taylors wines can suffer at the hands of (excessive) oak but this suffers no such aflliction. It’s a worthy contender for the super premium ranks. So stern, so intense, so layered, so long. Blackcurrant, mint, truffle, granular tannin, coffee-cream and tobacco. It’s the most impressive Taylors red wine I’ve tasted in a long time.

Huon Hooke (2009)95 pts

This statuesque new cabernet honours the founder, Bill Taylor. Its dark dense red-purple hued with a voluminous bouquet of roasting-pan aromas, mocha, dark chocolate and toasty oak. Concentrated and oaky, with smooth fleshy texture, slinky tannins and effortless balance. A wine to impress. Now to 2034.

Miscellaneous (2010)97 stars

Tony Key, Key Review of Wine - "TLC from vineyard through winey and into bottle is what the accompanying notes tell about this wine. It's true and shows on the nose then across the palate, this is a wine that all Australia can be proud of, $180 may seem expensive but remember when Grange was a $150 (not that long ago) 97 points and worth the money.

Miscellaneous (2010)99 stars

Robert Whitley, Wine Review Online, January 2015 - "Among the finest red wines in the world, there is little doubt Australia has its share in the lineup. Wakefield, for my money, is right there alongside Penfolds and Henschke and likely a few others. It's best Shiraz, St. Andrews, is as good as it gets, and The Visionary Cabernet Sauvignon takes a back seat to no one. This vintage is a powerhouse, an impressive Cab that won't even begin to strut its best stuff for another decade. Richly layered, exhibiting black fruits, spice and a hint of eucalyptus, you could sit on this wine for a couple of decades and it wouldn't miss a beat. One for the ages."

Miscellaneous (2010)5 stars

Ronn Weigand, Restaurant Wine, August 2014 - "The second vintage of this bottling, named in honor of Wakefield's founder, Bill Taylor. (In Australia, the winery is called Taylors.) This wine is not quite as opulent as the 2009 but shows more refinement in terms of both flavor and structure. It is an exceptional wine: intensely flavored, full bodied, and crisp; a youthful wine with years of development ahead. In aroma/flavor, it tastes of blackberry, black currant, loganberry jam, mint, toast, vanilla, roasted nut, and red licorice. Extremely long aftertaste. Superb. Produced from the best fruit from the family's Auburn estate."

Vinification Notes

Fruit from each of these six exceptional vineyard blocks was carefully harvested at the point of optimal structure and flavour development between late February and the end of March 2010. After the short ten minute tractor journey to the winery, each parcel was de-stemmed and transferred directly to separate potter fermenters. Each parcel was fermented at 24 ̊ to 26 ̊C over a period of five to seven days using the FX10 Cabernet Sauvignon yeast. The A70 parcel was left on skins for almost a month prior to pressing to extract additional tannin complexity from this individual component. Between May 2010 and June 2011, two thirds of each of the parcels was matured in a selection of 2010 first use French oak barrels and the balance in a selection of one year old fine grain French oak barrels.After thirteen months, the wine was blended (assemblage) and returned to 10% first use 2011 French oak barrels and the balance in a selection of one, two and three year old fine grain French oak barrels. Prior to bottling, a painstaking individual tasting was undertaken for each of the components. The final wine reflects a mix of the fruit harvested from the chosen exceptional vineyard blocks of approximately 48% Lodden, 27% A70, 10% Angela, 6% Wakefield, 5% Oldlands and 4% A10