Wakefield Estate

Wakefield Estate

Merlot 2009

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Region: Clare Valley
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Ripe berry, rich fruitcake flavours and soft, velvety tannins. French and American oak impart dark chocolate, coffee bean and vanilla characters.

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Wine Colour
At release, the wine is a deep red with an intense purple hue.

Wine Bouquet
At release, distinct aromas of Japanese Satsuma plum and ripe cherries abound with secondary spice, cigar box characters are evident along with subtle creamy chocolate.

Wine Palate
At release, this wine is medium to full-bodied with rich plum and cherry fruit characters. The fruit flavours are balanced by undertones of creamy chocolate, spice and subtle savoury characters. The palate has a desirable, almost brioche texture with grainy tannins through the mid-palate and a long, persistence to the finish.

Cellaring Notes
This wine can be enjoyed upon release but will reward careful cellaring up to and possibly beyond 2016.
Acidity: 6.26 g/L
Alcohol Percent: 14.1%
PH: 3.41
Region: Clare Valley
Residual Sugar: 1.09 g/L
Range Variety Vintage Show Name Year Class Award
Wakefield Estate Merlot 2009 Decanter World Wine Awards 2011 Silver
Wakefield Estate Merlot 2009 New Zealand International Wine Show 2011 16a Silver
Wakefield Estate Merlot 2009 Japan Wine Challenge 2011 Silver
Wakefield Estate Merlot 2009 Royal Hobart Wine Show 2011 65 Silver
Wakefield Estate Merlot 2009 International Wine & Spirit Competition 2011 Silver
Wakefield Estate Merlot 2009 International Wine Challenge 2011 Silver
Wakefield Estate Merlot 2009 Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Comp 2011 Silver

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  • Top Five Winter Tipples
    Wakefield Estate Merlot 2009

    Voyeur, June 2011

    Top Five Winter Tipples
    Merlot is still struggling to recover its popularity, but this wine will certainly help the cause. Hints of cherry and chocolate with a plum colour make it a delightful medium-bodied quaffer.

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  • Wakefield Estate Merlot 20094 stars

    Winestate, June 2011


    Rich, well-structured wine with a lovely combination of rhubarb, mulberry, earthy and spicy elements, soft, furry tannins and nice oak.

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  • Wakefield Estate Merlot 200989/100

    James Halliday, 1002 Wines Under $20, November 2011


    The conundrum of the Clare Valley's antipathy to chardonnay is the opposite of it's relationship with merlot, a variety that normally flourishes in a cool maritime climate. But it doen't stop there, for this wine raises the eternal question: Who art merlot and what is she? Full colour, rich berry and fruitcake flavours, and no shortage of tannins of French and American oak, all add up to a wine with attitude. It's not going to worry the right bank of Bordeaux (Pomerol and St Emilion) because they wouldn't even recognise it as merlot.

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  • Top Aussie Red
    Wakefield Estate Merlot 200989 points

    Huon Hooke, Northern Daily Leader, December 2011

    Top Aussie Red
    Deep red-purple colour leads into a bouquet of blackberry, liquorice and charred oak, with a slight but acceptable pony hint. Generous flavour, sweetly ripe fruit to the fore, finishing with light but evident tannins that are well balanced and shaped. Soft, rich and satisfying. Now to five years.

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  • Best Wines of 2011
    Wakefield Estate Merlot 20094 stars

    Winestate, January 2012

    Best Wines of 2011
    Intence charry oak and spicy mocha characters on the nose, and vibrant berry palate with peppery elements and soft tannins.

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  • Cellar Talk
    Wakefield Estate Merlot 200989/100

    Huon Hooke, Sydney Morning Herald, January 2012

    Cellar Talk
    Deeply coloured and youthful, this merlot offers a lot for a modest outlay, with blackberry, liquorice and char-oak aromas, a hint of charcuterie and also a little portiness. Stacks of sweetly ripe fruit, and the tannins are light but evident and nicely supple.

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  • Wakefield Estate Merlot 2009

    News Weekly, February 2012


    Deeply coloured and youthful, this merlot offers alot for a modest outlay, with blackberry, liquorice and charoak aromas, a hint of charcuterie and also a little portiness. Stacks of sweetly ripe fruit, and the tannins are light but evident and nicely supple.

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  • Best Buys
    Wakefield Estate Merlot 2009

    Brian Elliott, Scotland on Sunday, February 2013

    Best Buys
    Another big, classy and great-value red from the Taylor family, with dense prune and cherry fruit, a soft, chocolate finished fortified by touches of nutmeg and vanilla.

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  • Cellar Talk
    Wakefield Estate Merlot 200989/100

    Huon Hooke, Sydney Morning Herald, December 2013

    Cellar Talk
    Deep red-purple colour leads into a bouquet of blackberry, liquorice and charred oak, with a slight but acceptable porty hint. Generous flavour, sweetly ripe fruit to the fore, finishing with light but evident tannins that are well balanced and shaped. Soft, rich and satisfying. Now to five years.

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