Wakefield Jaraman Cabernet Sauvignon is a multi-region red wines from this superb, still family-owned, wine producer. Today the family source grapes not only from their 400 hectares of family-owned vineyards in the Clare Valley but also from other trusted growers (in this case in the Coonawarra).
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.
The grapes for the Wakefield Jaraman Cabernet Sauvignon are sourced 24% from the Clare Valley and 76% from the Coonawarra. 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 prolonged oak maturation, the wine was fined, filtered and bottled.
The Jaraman range of wines are named after the aboriginal word for seahorse. Fossilised remains of seahorses have been found on the estate which confirms that the area had in fact once been the bed of an ancient inland sea.