Wakefield Estate

Wakefield Estate

Merlot 2015

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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 vibrant, youthful red with an intense red/purple hue.

Wine Bouquet
At release, the wine displays lifted aromas of raspberry, cherry and violets with enticing vanilla bean, spice and cinnamon from quality oak maturation.

Wine Palate
At release, the wine showcases layers of ripe, dark fruit alongside rich fruit cake characters. The mouthfeel is exactly as you would expect with a velvety softness. Oak maturation has delivered flavours of vanilla, mocha and subtle spice and the finish has a pleasing degree of elegance.

Cellaring Notes
This wine can be enjoyed upon release but will reward careful cellaring up to and possibly beyond 2022.
Acidity: 6.69 g/L
Alcohol Percent: 14.6%
PH: 3.5
Region: Clare Valley
Residual Sugar: 1 g/L
Range Variety Vintage Show Name Year Class Award
Wakefield Estate Merlot 2015 China Wine & Spirits Awards Best Value 2016 Trophy - CWSA Australian Wine of the year
Wakefield Estate Merlot 2015 Winemakers Challenge International wine competition 2016 Platinum
Wakefield Estate Merlot 2015 Tasters Guild International Wine Judging 2016 Double Gold
Wakefield Estate Merlot 2015 China Wine & Spirits Awards Best Value 2016 Double Gold
Wakefield Estate Merlot 2015 International Wine Contest Bucharest 2016 Gold
Wakefield Estate Merlot 2015 International Wine Guide Awards 2016 Gold
Wakefield Estate Merlot 2015 China Wine & Spirits Awards 2016 Gold
Wakefield Estate Merlot 2015 New Zealand International Wine Show 2016 Gold
Wakefield Estate Merlot 2015 Wine Showcase Magazine Merlot Varietal Tasting 2016 Gold
Wakefield Estate Merlot 2015 New York International Wine Competition 2016 Gold
Wakefield Estate Merlot 2015 Japan Wine Challenge 2016 Gold
Wakefield Estate Merlot 2015 Critics Challenge International Wine Competition 2016 Critics Gold
Wakefield Estate Merlot 2015 Dan Burger International Wine Competition 2016 Silver
Wakefield Estate Merlot 2015 International Wine & Spirit Competition 2016 Silver
Wakefield Estate Merlot 2015 World Wine Championships Awards BTI 2016 Silver
Wakefield Estate Merlot 2015 awc Vienna International Wine Challenge 2016 Silver
Wakefield Estate Merlot 2015 Los Angeles International Wine Competition 2016 Silver
Wakefield Estate Merlot 2015 Shanghai International Wine Challenge 2016 Silver
Wakefield Estate Merlot 2015 Mondial du Merlot 2016 Silver
Wakefield Estate Merlot 2015 New York World Wine & Spirits Competition 2016 Silver
Wakefield Estate Merlot 2015 San Diego International Wine & Spirits Challenge 2016 Silver
Wakefield Estate Merlot 2015 San Francisco International Wine Competition 2016 Silver

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  • 2015 Wakefield Estate Clare Valley Merlot
    Wakefield Estate Merlot 201594/100

    Rich Cook, WineReviewOnline, January 2016

    2015 Wakefield Estate Clare Valley Merlot
    Fresh wine from down under! The 2015's from south of the equator are starting to appear up top, and if this bottle is typical, it's a good thing. Firm as you would expect in its infancy, the fruit has no trouble coming right to the front, with cherry, blackberry, mint and a little tarry note present on the nose and in the mouth, and a long, leafy finish that keeps the fruit in play. I'd serve this with a rich meat dish -- roast lamb is the first thing that pops to mind. A Platinum medal winner at the WinemakerÆs Challenge

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  • 2015 Wakefield Estate Clare Valley Merlot
    Wakefield Estate Merlot 201594/100

    Rich Cook, Wine Reviews Online, February 2016

    2015 Wakefield Estate Clare Valley Merlot
    Fresh wine from down under! The 2015's from south of the equator are starting to appear up top, and if this bottle is typical, it's a good thing. Firm as you would expect in its infancy, the fruit has no trouble coming right to the front, with cherry, blackberry, mint and a little tarry note present on the nose and in the mouth, and a long, leafy finish that keeps the fruit in play. I'd serve this with a rich meat dish -- roast lamb is the first thing that pops to mind. A Platinum medal winner at the WinemakerÆs Challenge.

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  • Wakefield Estate Merlot 2015

    AJ Payne, The New Wine Guy, March 2016


    The 2015 Wakefield Clare Valley Merlot has just won a stack of awards, which for a sub $20 wine is strong praise. Light, frightly and approachable. Dark fruit, spice, chocolate and coffee. Hints of fruitcake and a decent hit of sweetness. It's quite rich and silky, with soft, supple, chewy tannin. I know a few very pro Merlot drinkers out there would love this and if you've not tried a lot of it, it's an inexpensive place to begin the journey.

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  • Wine Reviews
    Wakefield Estate Merlot 20153 stars - Best Buy

    Winestate Magazine, August 2016

    Wine Reviews
    A baby with potential! Slightly earthy blackcurrant nose and sour cherry flavours on a light palate.

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  • Wakefield Merlot 2015 Wine Review
    Wakefield Estate Merlot 201590/100

    Natalia Maclean, Natalie Maclean, August 2016

    Wakefield Merlot 2015 Wine Review
    Juicy and fleshy with purple and black plum aromas on this vibrant Australian red wine, with lots of mouth-watering acidity for food. Although the Merlot grape is grown in many regions around the world, the signature here in the glass is definitely Australian. Smooth and full-bodied. Terrific price! Attractive smoke and dark fruit on the finish. Perfect for pizza!

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  • 2015 Wakefield Estate Merlot
    Wakefield Estate Merlot 201586/100 Without Flaws

    Glen Frederiksen, WineLinesOnline, September 2016

    2015 Wakefield Estate Merlot
    The wine is an intense opaque crimson/purple in the glass. Lifted scents of red raspberry and red cherry Kool-Aid join whiffs of violets, savory herbs, vanilla, and oak spice. Noticeable medium-grained tannins and cocoa powder dominate the palate, finishing with a pleasant juicy acidity. This is a great party red, perfect for your next barbecue or mixer. Value Vino.

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  • Wine Reviews: Wakefield - Clare Valley
    Wakefield Estate Merlot 201587/100

    Isaac Baker, Terroirist, September 2016

    Wine Reviews: Wakefield - Clare Valley
    Juicy light purple color. The aromas are strong and ripe, but thereÆs nuance in the plum and black cherry fruit, and I get some menthol, earth and sweet violet notes. A fleshy but tart wine on the palate with refreshing acidity, medium-light tannins, and a bright mix of red and black cherry fruit û notes of dark roast coffee, violets, charcoal and eucalyptus. A bright and lively Merlot that tastes great now but could probably improve for a few years.

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  • Australia Other Red Varietals
    Wakefield Estate Merlot 20155 stars

    Ronn Weigand, Restaurant Wines, September 2016

    Australia Other Red Varietals
    A supple, young Merlot of fine quality. It is ripely flavored (plum, cassis, black currant), lightly oaked, well balanced, and long on the finish. Can be aged a bit. Great value. Aged 7 months in American and French oak barrels.

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