For our first offer for winedirect.co.uk, we are delighted to present a selection of some of the finest wines in the world from the renowned Wakefield Vineyards of South Australia.
Three generations of the Taylor family have consistently produced terrific wines and today, led by Mitchell Taylor, Wakefield goes from strength to strength worldwide. It is always pleasing to see the skills of previous winemakers blending into today’s innovative wine making processes and still maintain the quality and style with which the name has become synonymous.
Tastings.com, 91pts (2016) - "Garnet black color. Attractive, spicy, fruity aromas and flavors of spiced berries, creme Anglaise, and hint of bouillon with a silky, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, engaging, long chocolate lemon and orange peels, dark roasted pecans, flower petals, and cedar finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A supple and inviting cabernet that will compliment a fine steak."
Wine Spectator, 90pts (2016) - "Citrus and floral notes mingle effortlessly on a light and lithe body, with a crescendo of acidity on the finish. Details of white pepper and green apple peel add to the charm."
Wine Enthusiast, 88pts (2016) - "This wine boasts aromas of red and black berry, cola, cedar, red licorice and soy sauce. The palate is more one-dimensional, with medium weight, savory tannins and a tangy finish."
Vinous, 90pts (2014) - "Inky ruby. Focused aromas of blackberry, cassis, dark chocolate and mint. A juicy, energetic midweight, offering dark fruit and bitter chocolate flavors that show good clarity and a zesty, spice-tinged back end. The dark chocolate note carries through the nicely persistent finish, which features dusty tannins and a hint of smokiness." James Halliday, 93pts (2014) - "Machine-harvested, destemmed, 5 days on skins prior to fermentation in stainless steel with cultured yeast, 8 weeks post-ferment maceration, matured for 16 months in French oak. Good colour; attractive wine, the regional synergy working well, juicy cassis fruit in a light spider web of dusty tannins; good length and balance."
Vinous, 93pts (2014) - Oct 2017 - "Youthful violet. An expansive bouquet evokes candied cherry, black currant and vanilla, along with suggestions of sandalwood, licorice and woodsmoke. At once concentrated and lively, offering sweet, focused black and blue fruit and spicecake flavors and a touch of star anise. Smooth, harmonious tannins add shape to an impressively long, sweet finish that echoes the spice and vanilla notes. Even though this wine clocks in at 14.98 percent alcohol, I don't detect any undue weight or heat, which is probably a function of its relatively low (3.49) ph" Wine Enthusiast, 93pts (2014) - Editor's Choice/Cellar Selection/Top 100 Wines 2017 #95 - "Wakefield (known as Taylor's in Australia) was founded as a Cabernet-focused estate. While the range has expanded over time, Cabernet Sauvignon remains a strength. Brown sugar and cedar frame cassis fruit on the nose; the palate shows just enough juicy, mouthwatering fruit to support the ample oak. This is full bodied yet supple, with crisp acids showing on the finish."
Gilbert & Gaillard 88/100
"Brilliant light hue with green tints. Open nose of lime, candied lemon and a mineral accent. Perfumed attack leading into a palate with the same citrus aromas showing drive and precision set against an ethereal, steely, fairly austere backdrop."
The Visionary Cabernet Sauvignon is only produced in extremely limited volumes from exceptional vintages and represents the utmost refinement of the Cabernet Sauvignon grape. This wine is an estate grown and bottled Clare Valley cabernet sauvignon crafted from the very finest fruit grown on the Taylor family’s Auburn estate.
Named in honour of Bill Taylor, The Pioneer is a bold step in the Taylor family's continued journey to craft refined and distinctive wines that rival the world's best. The grapes come from a series of exceptional vineyard blocks earmarked by Adam Eggins. Those blocks cover a range of micro-climates and elevations within the St Andrews vineyard, the Auburn estate and southern Clare Valley.