After harvesting, the grapes for this wine were de-
The wine was then gently pressed to tight-
Finning with eggs.
The Clare Valley
The Clare Valley is situated in the Northern Mount Lofty Ranges of South Australia 137km due north of Adelaide and about one hour’s drive west of the Barossa Valley. At its southern entrance at the village of Auburn a series of elevated valleys, rolling hills and wide open valley floors extend 35 kilometres north to the Clare township. The valley is divided into 5 sub-
The valley benefits from cold winters and cooling afternoon breezes in the summer months which help to create a considerably more moderate continental climate than its geographical location might otherwise suggest. These factors are important in slowing down the grape ripening process and are the reason why delicate, aromatic whites can flourish alongside intensely flavoured reds.
The Wakefield estate is located at the southern end of the valley, in Auburn, and at 350 metres above sea level, is quite elevated. The altitude, combined with a wide diurnal temperature range – up to 40+ degrees Celsius in the day, dropping down to a chilly 5 degrees Celsius at night – is perfect for producing good natural acidity, varietal flavours and aromas in the aromatic white varieties, as well as locking in tannin and colour stability in the reds.
The Wakefield estate covers 750 hectares and has approximately 415 hectares under vine with a plan to raise this up to 600 hectares. The estate has a diverse selection of micro-
The Wakefield vineyards and winery are managed in line with the Taylor family’s strict environmental philosophy and belief in Environmental Stewardship. Wakefield wines have taken the following measures:
Water is a scarce resource and the Taylor family do all they can to use it with restraint. All water used in the Wakefield winery and bottling hall is collected and recycled in their onsite state-
All solid organic materials including grape marc are utilised as compost on the vineyards. The compost is made on site without the addition of water.
Since 2001, Wakefield Wines have used organic matter to mulch the soil under the vines planted on their Clare Valley estate. This provides benefits such as superior root growth near the surface to better utilise water and nutrients and enhanced earthworm and soil microbe activity contributing to healthier soil and reduced weed growth.
Organic Cultivation Practices
In 2009 Wakefield Wines reintroduced sheep to their vineyards for the first time in 25 years. The sheep roam within the vines and control weeds and winter grasses. This has led to an immediate reduction in the requirements for pesticide use to control weeds and with the added benefit of a reduction in the diesel used by spray tractors. The sheep’s manure is also acts as a fertiliser and soil conditioner.
Minimisation of Pesticide use
Insecticide use is kept to an absolute minimum with no broad spectrum insecticides at all. Continuous vineyard monitoring ensures only targeted use in the worst affected areas. In addition only fungicides certified for use in organic production are used.
Wakefield River Regeneration
The Wakefield River flows in a southerly direction through Auburn in the Clare Valley before turning west to flow through Balaklava and into the Port Wakefield estuary. Wakefield Wines, through the formation of the River Wakefield Group, has championed a project to regenerate the Wakefield River with control of weed species and the planting of local indigenous vegetation to enhance biodiversity.
The Taylor family believe great wines are made in the vineyard. The Estate wines are crafted with care and seek to capture the essence of the vineyard site and the pure varietal expression of the grape.
In the Clare Valley, the growing season saw average autumn and winter rainfalls on the Taylor family estate vineyards. Although spring was relatively dry, the vine vigour was still good due to the presence of subsurface moisture from the regular winter rain events and in addition the relatively calm conditions during the spring period reduced the evapotranspiration of the vines. Summer started dry and warm but not overly hot although from mid-
In Coonawarra the 2014 season can be described as one of the longest on record starting mid-
recharge to the underground aquifer. Spring saw the rainfall continue with almost double the long term average falling, a blessing in disguise with the warm weather that was to follow during summer. Flowering occurred from late November to mid-
Overall, a perfect extended dry and mild ripening season for flavour, colour and tannin development which will deliver a classic Coonawarra vintage.
Environmental management Sustainable -
Tasting Note: Generous ripe fruit flavours of the Clare Valley are balanced with elegant, fine tannins, lifted mint character and velvety finish of the Coonawarra.
Colour: At release, the wine is a deep red colour to the centre with a vibrant purple hue to the edges.
Nose: There are lifted aromas of blackcurrant, cassis and subtle choc-
Palate: This is a rich full-
The finish is long and persistent
Will cellar under ideal conditions for 8 to 10 years.
Enjoy with Roast Lamb dishes
Bin No.: 1481
Region: Clare Valley and Coonawarra,
Region: South Australia
Producer: The Taylor Family
Grape Varieties: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Grape Varieties: 55% Clare Valley
Grape Varieties: 45% Coonawarra
Status: Still, Vegetarian,
Status: sustainable environmental management
Allergens: contains sulphites -
Body Value: C (A is light, E is full bodied)
abv: 14.5% Bottle size: 75cl