Wakefield Estate Merlot, Limestone Coast & Clare Valley

Wakefield Estate Merlot, Limestone Coast & Clare Valley

£12.75 / bottle
£145.35 / case (12+ bottles, 5% off)

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Wakefield Estate Merlot is a 100% Merlot sourced from vineyards in the Limestone Coast and Clare Valley wine-growing region of Australia. Wakefield Wines are still known under their original name of Taylor’s Wines in 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.  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.

The grapes for Wakefield Estate Merlot are sourced from the Clare Valley (48%) and Limestone Coast (52%) wine-growing regions. After harvest the bunches are de-stemmed and fermented in stainless steel. After the first fermentation the fruit is pressed into more stainless steel where it undergoes malolactic fermentation. The wine is finally aged for 6 months in a combination of French and American oak barrels before being blended & bottled after minimal filtration.

Tasting Notes

COLOUR – At release, the wine is a dark red with an intense purple hue.

NOSE – The wine has distinct aromas of black cherries and ripe strawberries abound with
secondary spice, sweet mocha and cigar box characters evident.

PALATE – At release, this wine is medium to full-bodied with lush red berry, plum and cherry
fruit characters. The fruit flavours are balanced by undertones of creamy mocha, spice & subtle savoury characters. The palate has a soft, velvety texture with grainy tannins through the mid-palate and a long, persistence to finish.

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