95 Point Aussie Shiraz – Under $22!
Heritage Shiraz Clare Valley by Wakefield Wines 2017
Heritage Shiraz Clare Valley 2017 is produced by Wakefield Wines who has consistently garnered accolades from around the world for the quality of their wines, going back almost 50 years.
Australia is one of the world’s most beautiful wine regions. Somehow, the wines have mostly managed to stay undervalued despite how well made they are. Even if you devote your professional life to studying wine, you can still be surprised by it on a regular basis. That’s how we felt when we tasted this bottle.
The Critics Agree…
95 points / Platinum Medal / Best Shiraz – Critics Challenge 2018
93 points / Gold Medal / Best Shiraz – Los Angeles International Wine Awards 2018
Wakefield Wines Estate
When the Taylor family established their wine business back in 1969, they decided to create a proper ‘old world’ style estate in the Clare Valley. That’s where the name ‘Estate’ comes from. The Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz were the very first wines released and are the heart and soul of the business.
In the language of wine, an estate means that the vineyards and winery are in the same location. The inspiration for this came from the great producers of Bordeaux and in particular Chateaux Mouton Rothschild who famously were the first to also bottle their wines on the estate. This approach; of having ultimate control over the vineyards, winery and even bottling of the wines appealed to the Taylor family.
These days the wines are still crafted and bottled on the estate although not all of the fruit is grown there. Mainly because of the popularity of the wines, but also if fruit from other areas is of a higher quality. It’s this commitment to the way our wines are crafted that has earned Taylors an enviable reputation and contributed to their continued success.
Heritage Shiraz Clare Valley – Wine Characteristics
The wine has a seductive, lifted aroma characterized by plum, blackcurrant and dark cherry fruits along with subtle chocolate and a touch of oak derived spice. The palate is plump & generous with ripe fruit characters of plum and blackberry. Mocha coffee and subtle spice from oak maturation balance the fruit flavours. The wine is medium to full-bodied with a fleshy mid-palate & supple tannin structure. It is a well balanced wine with great texture, good length and enjoyable fruit on the finish.
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