2013 Wakefield (Taylor's) "Jaraman" Cabernet Sauvignon Clare Valley South Australia

SKU #1243318 94 points James Halliday

 Good hue; a medium-bodied wine that meets all reasonable expectations. The cassis, black olive and bay leaf aromas and flavours are clear and uncluttered, but do not deny the oak and tannins their place at the table. I have every confidence the wine will richly repay five to 10+ years in the cellar.

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A blend of Clare Valley and Coonawarra fruit, the deep garnet-purple colored 2013 Jaraman Cabernet Sauvignon opens with tons of minted blackcurrant and black cherry notes with some chocolate and clove hints. The medium to full-bodied palate is filled with juicy fruit, nice freshness and chewy tannins before finishing long. (LPB)  (7/2015)

Wine Spectator

 Dynamic, opening with a note of fresh mint that gives way to plum and currant flavors, and cedar and nutmeg accents, on a taut frame. Drink now through 2028. (MW) (Web Only-2016)

K&L Notes

**7 GOLD MEDALS from major international wine competitions.** Including a Double Gold (unanimous Gold from all judges) at the prestigeous China Wine & Spirits Awards and a Gold at the Concours Mondial in Brussels (one of Europe's toughest competitions!) This rich, fruit driven Cabernet is sourced from Wakefield's estate vineyards in both Clare Valley and Coonawarra. It is bursting with dark fruit, cassis, blackcurrant, mint, cedar, subtle menthol and luxurious oak spices. The fruit is soft and generous on the palate but fine tannins draw the wine out long on the finish and give it enough structure to stand up to grilled red meat and hearty braised meats. Big, bold Cabernet at a very modest price point. (Ryan Woodhouse - K&L Aussie Wine Buyer)

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Staff Image By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/26/2016 | Send Email
I know we have been conditioned to Shiraz when it comes to Australia, but I am starting to think Cabernet. This year has been ridiculous for Australian Cabernet at K&L...At all price points, but on the value side especially. The Jaraman is continuing with the new tradition. It has a great nose, dark and red fruits backed with a eucalyptus note. The palate it no ripe fruit bomb, rather it is full but linear, showcasing restraint and brightness. Flavors of dark cherry, cassis, tobacco and a hint of mineral. There is nothing locally made that can compete with this wine at this price point.

Staff Image By: Ivan Diaz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/24/2016 | Send Email
Bargain-Hunters take note: this is a super dense, rich, and serious Cabernet at a stupid low price. One of Australia's most historic and successful wineries, Wakefield is just now entering the US market. This big, sturdy wine shows plenty of cassis and blackberry fruit, but its most defining, enjoyable characteristics are the pervading herbal qualities including mint and anise, lending this Cab a sense of complexity and adventure. Pair with rack of lamb in mint pesto.

Staff Image By: Dave Genevro | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/23/2016 | Send Email
Fresh, juicy tannins, with a balanced and very approachable style. Similar to the Clare Valley's cool nights and warm days, the balance in this wine was surprising at this price. Great option for everyday drinking and entertaining.
Top Value!

Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/22/2016 | Send Email
Just a screaming deal in Cabernet. Wakefield (known as (Taylor's in Australia) is one of THE go-to Cab producers in the country. They are famous for knocking out delicious Cab at insane prices. We are now working direct with their USA importer to make these values even more astounding. This is big, rich, bold Cabernet that has lashings of black and blue fruit, dark chocolate, fresh picked mint and tobacco. The palate is juicy and rich with nice fine mouth coating tannins that bring real length and presence to the finish. Cab lovers rejoice...this quality costs you at least twice the price normally.
Top Value!

Staff Image By: Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/21/2016 | Send Email
Wow. I love a good deal, especially in Cabernet. The Jaraman is everything you could hope for from a Cab at this price point. It's got loads of generous fruit - blackberries and cassis in particular. A touch of savory dark chocolate and just a hint of the classic mint/eucalyptus nature of Coonawarra. A real steal.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.


- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great wine regions are in the southeastern area of the continent, including Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia; Yarra Yarra Valley and Pyrenees in Victoria; and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from the land Down Under, where Riesling also enjoys international acclaim. While many equate Aussie wines with “value,” there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world. View a list of bestselling items from Australia.

South Australia

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Clare Valley