Wakefield Estate Shiraz is a multi-award-winning Shiraz from the Clare Valley made by the Taylor family.
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. Originally all of the grapes for the Wakefield Estate range were sourced from 400 hectares of family-owned vineyards. Today some of the fruit comes from growers, particularly for the Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc which are more suited to vineyards in regions other than the Clare Valley.
The grapes for the Wakefield Estate Shiraz is made from grapes sourced from a vineyard with an average vine age of 10 to 30 year sold. It is located at 350m above sea level on terra rossa over limestone soils. Primary fermentation was carried out in stainless steel fermenters then pressed using a pneumatic bag press to French oak barrels for secondary, malolactic fermentation. The wine was matured in water bent American oak barrels for twelve months followed by egg white fining, minimal filtration and then bottling.