Wakefield Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from vineyards in the Clare Valley wine growing region of Australia.
Wakefield Wines are located in the heart of the Clare Valley and was founded by wine merchant Bill Taylor Senior in 1969 with the purchase of 178 hectares of vineyards near the Wakefield River in Auburn. Wakefield Wines are still known under their original name of Taylor’s Wines in Australia. Bill Taylor carefully chose the site for its red brown loam over limestone soils ( this is known as “terra rossa”) and cool climate of the Clare valley. The same year, 1969, the first Cabernet Sauvignon vines were planted. Today Wakefield Estate is one of the most highly esteemed cool climate producers in Australia. It is also unique in the fact that all of the grapes are sourced from 400 hectares of family-owned vineyards in the winery which makes it one of the largest single estate plantings in Australia.
After harvest the grapes for the Wakefield Estate Cabernet Sauvignon are fermented in the winery’s original “Potter” fermenters which allows for excellent skin maceration and colour and tannin extraction. The wine is gently pressed into French oak barrels where it undergoes malolactic fermention (MLF). After MLF the wine is then aged for 12 months in French oak barrels (10% new and 90% various barrels ages from 1 to 4 years old).