Wakefield Wines (known as Taylors in the southern hemisphere) was established in the Clare Valley in 1969 by Bill Taylor (Snr) and his sons Bill and John. A site was found on the banks of the Wakefield River in South Australia, auspiciously on the same day on which Neil Armstrong walked on the moon. The planting of Cabernet Sauvignon vines was aided by cuttings received from the Wynn family of Coonawarra, a winery well known for its red wines. The logo with three seahorses came about after Bill Snr was excavating to build a dam and found a seahorse fossil in the bedrock, from around 600 million years ago. The first vintage was released in 1973, one bottle of which grabbed a trophy at the Adelaide Wine Show for ‘Best Red Wine’. Since then, Wakefield wines have continued to win awards and praise, not only for their high-end wines, but also the value drops. Wakefield sources its fruit from its estate vineyards in the Clare Valley, as well as from growers in the Adelaide Hills, Margaret River, McLaren Vale and Coonawarra. Wakefield is also one of the 12 members of ‘Australia’s First Families of Wine’, which recognises wineries that have been family-owned for multi-generations. As sustainability is important to Wakefield, they have released a wine range called ’80 Acres’, which is 100% carbon neutral.
The ‘St Andrews Riesling’ is made from Clare Valley fruit, with enticing aromas and flavours of lime and lemon and high acid, making it a very refreshing and palate-cleaning wine. ‘The Jaraman Cabernet Sauvignon’ has aromas of dark chocolate, cherry and eucalypt, with a full-bodied palate with intense flavours of blackberry and hints of tobacco leaf and cigar box, and it can cellar for up to eight years.
For more information on Wakefield and their wines, head to their website.