The Wakefield journey started in the 1950s when the South Australian Wine Distributors company was formed.
Motivated by the great ‘old world winemakers, and in particular Chateau Mouton Rothschild, the Taylor family behind Wakefield set out to find the perfect piece of land in Australia to establish a vineyard in the family name.
They finally found the perfect piece of land in 1969, a 178 hectare site by the Wakefield River in the Clare Valley. With certain terra rossa soil (red brown loam over limestone) proving conducive to crafting wines of great quality, the journey began!
And why the seahorse logo? During excavation of the vineyard dam, fossilized remains of tiny seahorses were found in the limestone bedrock, confirming that the land had once been the bed of an ancient inland sea so it seemed only natural for the seahorse to represent their wines!
WAKEFIELD ST ANDREWS SHIRAZ 2012, CLARE VALLEY, SOUTH AUSTRALIA
LCBO PRICE $37,95
This Shiraz hails entirely from the iconic St Andrews vineyard, Block A30 and as their flagship, the St Andrews wines are only released in the finest vintages.
In the glass, it is a deep dark ruby color with great legs!
The nose is expressive and full of black berries, plums, spice and tobacco.
On the palate, it is robust and voluptuous. Dry with a hint of residual sugar and flavors of dark chocolate, ripe blackberries, juicy plum compote, vanilla, masala spice and a touch of oak. Tannic backbone masked by a great core of acidity. Plenty of Old World finesse…
This wine will be the perfect companion to the most sumptuous slow cooked roasts, lamb, beef, veal or any game bird!!!
WAKEFIELD THE VISIONARY CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2009, CLARE VALLEY, SOUTH AUSTRALIA
LCBO PRICE $150
This Cabernet Sauvignon hails entirely from the finest blocks of the St Andrews vineyard along with some old vine material from the Wakefield block of the Auburn estate. It is named in honour of Bill Taylor Snr. Taylors founder and visionary, The Visionary is only produced in extremely limited volumes from exceptional vintages.
In the glass, it is a midnight ruby red color with an almost opaque center. Voluptuous legs caress the inside of the glass.
On the nose, it exudes aromas of cassis, dark chocolate, currants, cherries, vanilla and ripe green bell peppers.
Luscious palate with a great deal of elegance. Dry but full of lovely ripe red fruit, eucalyptus, cacao, blackberries, a little almond paste and ripe juicy beets. Even at that age, it retains chewy tannins but they are met with vibrant acidity… Amazing fruity, smoky and tobacco-y finish!
Wow! Just spectacular!
To enjoy with a juicy strip loin steak dinner!