Wakefield Jaraman Cabernet Sauvignon

£18.50 / bottle
£210.90 / case (12+ bottles, 5% off)

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Wakefield Jaraman Cabernet Sauvignon is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon fruit sourced from both the Clare Valley and Coonawarra wine-growing regions.

Wakefield Wines is located in the heart of the Clare Valley. The company 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 the cool climate of the Clare valley. In that same year, 1969, the first Cabernet Sauvignon vines were planted. Since 2000 the company has been run by Managing Director and third generation Winemaker Mitchell Taylor, the grandson of Bill Taylor Senior.

Today Wakefield Estate is one of the most highly esteemed cool climate producers in Australia. Almost all of the grapes are sourced from 500 hectares of family-owned vineyards in the winery which makes it one of the largest single estate plantings in Australia. They do source some fruit from trusted growers in other regions, Coonawarra, for example. The family’s home estate and vineyards are situated in South Australia’s beautiful Clare Valley, in the sub-region of Auburn and stretch to another sub-region border, Watervale. As well as the estate range, they also produce the Jaraman and St Andrew’s ranges. 

The grapes for the Wakefield Jaraman Cabernet Sauvignon are sourced 60% from the Coonawarra and 40% from the Clare Valley. After harvest the grapes for this wine were de-stemmed and transferred to potter fermenters where the juice was fermented using a Cabernet-specific yeast isolate. Post fermentation, a small percentage of the fruit was left ‘on skins’ and soaked for around 4 weeks to achieve better integration of tannins. The wine was then gently pressed to tight-grained French oak hogshead barrels (50% 1 year old, 50% 2-3 year old) for secondary, malo-lactic fermentation. After oak maturation for 10 to 12 months, the wine was fined, filtered and bottled.

Wakefield Wines are known under their original name of Taylor’s Wines in Australia and members of Australia’s First Families of Wine (AFFW) alongside other prestigious producers such as Jim BarryTyrrells and d’Arenberg.

The fruit for the 2019 Wakefield Jaraman Cabernet Sauvignon is 60% Coonawarra / 40% Clare Valley.

Tasting Notes

Colour: At release, the wine has a deep ruby red colour to the centre with a youthful purple hue to the edges.

Nose: There are lifted aromas of dark blackcurrant fruit along with subtle choc-mint and a hint of eucalypt.

Palate: On the palate, this is a rich, full-bodied wine with intense flavours of cassis and blackberry fruit along with attractive oak characters of cigar box and tobacco leaf. Overall, the wine is well balanced with complex, well-integrated, elegant tannins providing structure and an intense, persistent length to the finish.

Food Pairing

Wakefield Jaraman Cabernet Sauvignon pairs beautifully with grilled ribeye steak, where its rich flavours complement the juicy meat. Try with grilled lamb, sausages or burgers. For a vegetarian option try with a mushroom and lentil stew, as the wine’s depth matches the earthy flavors.

For the cheeseboard, try with mature hard cheese such as Cheddar or Gouda.


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