ESTATE CABERNET SAUVIGNON

Wakefield

APPELLATION

Clare Valley

GRAPE VARIETIES

100% Cabernet Sauvignon

WINEMAKERS

Adam Eggins

TECHNICAL DATA

Acidity
3.5
Alcohol
14%

2014

89POINTS

Wine Advocate
JULY 2015
BACKGROUND

In 1969, after a considerable search, the Taylor family found a promising 178-hectare site by the Wakefield River in the Clare Valley. They were certain the soil – red brown loam over limestone (now called terra rossa) – would prove conducive to crafting wines of the highest quality. The contrast of warm days and cool nights in the Clare would be equally beneficial – helping the grapes ripen in the day, and allowing the vines to rest at night.

TERROIR & VINTAGE NOTES

The fruit for this wine was harvested from the Taylor family estate in the Clare Valley. The growing season in the lead up to vintage 2014 saw average autumn and winter rainfalls on the Taylor family Clare Valley estate vineyards; only 4% above the long term averages. During winter, the average daily minimum temperature at the Estate was 2°C warmer than average, although the average daily maximum temperature was in line with long term averages, resulting in the first budburst occurring at the normal time of late August. From the outset, it was a vintage that felt more controlled as environmental factors played less of a role in determining when fruit was to be picked which is always the winemakers’ preference. Once the fruit started coming into the winery, early indications in terms of natural acidity and flavor profiles in the whites and color and tannin analysis in the reds were positive indeed.

WINEMAKING

Fermentation was carried out in the winery’s original “Potter” fermenters, which allow for excellent control of skin maceration and colur and tannin extraction. Some parcels were left on skins for a further 2 weeks to increase tannin structure of the overall wine. The wine was gently pressed to French oak barrels for completion of malolactic fermentation. Post MLF the wine was matured for at least 12 months in French oak barrels (10% new andremainingin 1 to 4 year old) prior to final blending and then preparation for bottling.

TASTING NOTES

The wine has an aroma of rich blackcurrant, subtle spice, tomato leaf and a touch of eucalyptus. French oak maturation is also evident with subtle aromas of cedar and dark chocolate.
Great intensity. It has distinctive blackcurrant and cassis fruit flavors. Subtle oak characters of cedar cigar box and spice are also evident.The tannins are fine and elegant – a hallmark of the varietal. The palate is well balanced, complex and fulfilling and lingers on the finish.

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