2012 Wakefield (Taylor's) "St. Andrews" Single Vineyard Shiraz Clare Valley South Australia

SKU #1243320 96 points James Halliday

 *Special Value Selection* Slightly turbid/cloudy rim to the colour, although the hue is bright; it's very clear this has been made from an exceptional parcel of estate fruit, for it has an elegance and length not commonly found in the Clare Valley; likewise, its range of spicy red fruits merging with gently savoury/earthy nuances is exceptional.

95 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Editors' Choice* This is wonderfully complex and aromatic, with scents ranging from baking spices and savory beef to mixed berries. That swirl of seeming contradictions continues on the palate, backed by luxurious, supple tannins that linger softly on the finish. Drink now-2025. (JC)  (4/2016)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Dense and tightly packed, but fleshy enough to let the black cherry, licorice and floral flavors shine through, lingering against a polished finish. Has presence and complexity. Drink now through 2022. (HS)  (8/2015)

91 points Vinous

 Inky ruby. Oak-spiced aromas of candied blackberry and boysenberry, with suave sandalwood and spicecake accents and hints of vanilla and licorice. Fleshy black and blue fruit flavors show very good concentration as well as vivacity. Finishes broad, gently sweet and persistent, with lush, pliant tannins that fold into the ripe dark fruit. (JR)  (3/2015)


 Decanter World Wine Awards GOLD Medal: "Well balanced, polished, alluring, and clearly made using great fruit. Aromas of coal, herbs, leafy cherry and eucalyptus are followed by an intense, savoury, changeable and silky palate, with velvety tannins, high quality oak and an abundance of chocolate-kissed sloes and blackberries."

K&L Notes

This is one of 2012's most highly awarded wines from anywhere in Australia including a trophy (Best Shiraz) and 23 more GOLD Medals from major international wine shows! The hand-selected grapes for this bottling were fermented in open top barrels and hand-plunged twice daily. This labor intensive process allows the winemaker to perfectly control the extraction of fruit and tannin leading to silky textures and stunning purity. After ferment the barrels were re-coopered and the wine returned to them for extended maturation. No expense was spared in the production of this wine and it shows in the luxurious flavors and textures on the palate.

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Staff Image By: Ivan Diaz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/27/2016 | Send Email
Wakefield's flagship bottling, "St. Andrews," is only released in the best vintages, so don't expect some over-priced flop here. This is gorgeous, top-notch Shiraz that, for under $40, offers tons of character and diversity of flavor. Purple, plummy fruit pulls a train of compellingly savory flavors including smoky meat wrapped in black pepper, bell pepper, rosemary, mint, salty minerals, and coffee bean. Enjoy with a hearty steak or bacon-wrapped pork medallions.

Staff Image By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/27/2016 | Send Email
This, like the Jaraman, is a ridiculous value. But it is playing a completely different game: this wine is in the big leagues and it is ready to compete with the best of the best. This is a dark and rich, full-bodied Shiraz, with lots of bright complex red fruits that are wrapped in exquisitely polish oak. This wine is built to impress and that is what it does. It will require a little decanting, an hour or so, but be patient. It is totally worth it.

Staff Image By: Dave Genevro | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/23/2016 | Send Email
From the Eight Acre Block Parcel of the estate, this Shiraz from Wake field is dark, lush with a layered structure. I really enjoyed the fragrant nose of this wine.

Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/22/2016 | Send Email
One of the winningest wines to ever come from South Australia. This wine has garnered over 20 GOLD MEDALS at major wine awards both at home in Australia and overseas. It has also picked up some massive point scores to boot. The "St. Andrews Vineyard" Shiraz comes in part from some of the oldest vines on the estate planted as far back as the 1890s! Big, smoky dark fruits abound...exotic spice, sweet mocha oak tones, mouth coating lush fruit but also fine structure and enlivening natural acidity to balance all the luxurious fruit. This tastes expensive...very polished and finely tuned. Working directly with the importer means we can offer this significantly below the winery SRP...this is Cadillac Escalade shiraz at Honda Civic pricing.
Drink from 2012 to 2032

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South Australia

Specific Appellation:

Clare Valley

Alcohol Content (%): 14.2