Wakefield Jaraman Shiraz is a multi-region red wine blend from Wakefield wines, the 2016 vintage is a blend of 63% Clare Valley and 37% McLaren Vale Shiraz.
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. Today the family source grapes not only from their 400 hectares of family-owned vineyards in the winery but also from other trusted growers (in this case in the McLaren Vale).
The grapes for the Wakefield Jaraman Shiraz are gently destemmed and transferred to small static stainless steel fermenters. Half of the grapes were cold soaked at 6 degree C for 5 days to deliver increased fruit expression. After pressing and fermentation using Shiraz-specific yeast, the wine is then pressed into American oak barrels (30% 1 year old and 70% 2 and 3 year old) for malolactic fermentation (MLF). Post MLF, the wine was transferred back to barrel for maturation before being fined,filtered and bottled
The Wakefield 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.