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Wakefield Estate, known as Taylor’s Wines at home, is Australia’s leading family-owned winery. Established in 1969 at Auburn in the Clare Valley, South Australia, Wakefield Estate is one of the most highly regarded and awarded Australian cool climate wine producers.

Commitment to the preservation and promotion of regional identity provides the Wakefield wines with classic fruit definition, poised acidity and an enviable ability to age. Released only when ready to drink, Wakefield wines offer wine consumers a rare opportunity to enjoy mature Australian wines.

Wakefield is unique in that all grapes are sourced from the 400 hectares of family-owned vineyards surrounding the winery, making this one of the largest single estate plantings in Australia. These vineyards provide the consistency necessary to make premium quality wines, which reflect the region’s characteristics.

Wakefield 2009 Adel Hills Pinot Noir

 

Aromas of red fruit combine with notes of bacon, earth, and spices on the nose. A sip reveals bright flavors of cherry, cranberry, and plum, accented by earthy spice. Lively and somewhat layered, it’s not for folks that want smooth and supple. If you like Pinot with a little kick, however, this is a good value to try.

Score: 87

Price: 15-20

Wakefield 2009 Sauvignon Blanc 

Lovely, bright aromas of apple, gooseberry, and citrus greet you on the nose. The palate offers up flavors of apples, lemon, lime, and gooseberry, with a note of fresh minerals. Crisp but not too light nor too dry, fans of balanced Sauvignon Blanc should check this bottle out for themselves.

Score: 88

Price: 15-20

Wakefield 2008 Shiraz 

Rich aromas of bramble fruit, vanilla, and roast coffee emerge from a glass. Flavors of plum and blackberries merge with woodsy elements and notes of spice on the palate. Fairly dry with firm tannins and a supple mouthfeel, this is a fine example of Australian Shiraz at the $15 price point.

Score: 88

Price: 15-20