Ripe berry, rich fruitcake flavours and soft, velvety tannins. French and American oak impart dark chocolate, coffee bean and vanilla characters.Download Full Winemaker Note
At release, the wine is a vibrant, youthful red with an intense red/purple hue.
At release, the wine displays lifted aromas of raspberry, cherry and violets with enticing vanilla bean, spice and cinnamon from quality oak maturation.
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.
This wine can be enjoyed upon release but will reward careful cellaring up to and possibly beyond 2022.
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|Wakefield Estate||Merlot||2015||World Value Wine Challenge BTI||2016||Best Buy|
|Wakefield Estate||Merlot||2015||Winemakers Challenge International wine competition||2016||Platinum|
|Wakefield Estate||Merlot||2015||China Wine & Spirits Awards Best Value||2016||Double Gold|
|Wakefield Estate||Merlot||2015||Tasters Guild International Wine Judging||2016||Double Gold|
|Wakefield Estate||Merlot||2015||Wine Showcase Magazine Merlot Varietal Tasting||2016||Gold|
|Wakefield Estate||Merlot||2015||New Zealand International Wine Show||2016||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||Japan Wine Challenge||2016||Gold|
|Wakefield Estate||Merlot||2015||World Value Wine Challenge BTI||2016||Gold|
|Wakefield Estate||Merlot||2015||China Wine & Spirits Awards||2016||Gold|
|Wakefield Estate||Merlot||2015||New York International Wine Competition||2016||Gold|
|Wakefield Estate||Merlot||2015||Critics Challenge International Wine Competition||2016||Critics Gold|
|Wakefield Estate||Merlot||2015||Los Angeles International Wine Competition||2016||Silver|
|Wakefield Estate||Merlot||2015||Mondial du Merlot||2016||Silver|
|Wakefield Estate||Merlot||2015||San Francisco International Wine Competition||2016||Silver|
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|Wakefield Estate||Merlot||2015||TERRAVINO Mediterranean International Wine & Spirit Challenge||2016||Silver|
|Wakefield Estate||Merlot||2015||San Diego International Wine & Spirits Challenge||2016||Silver|
|Wakefield Estate||Merlot||2015||World Wine Championships Awards BTI||2016||Silver|
|Wakefield Estate||Merlot||2015||Dan Burger International Wine Competition||2016||Silver|
|Wakefield Estate||Merlot||2015||American Wine Society Commercial Wine Competition||2016||Silver|
|Wakefield Estate||Merlot||2015||Shanghai International Wine Challenge||2016||Silver|
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Reviews for 0
Rich Cook, WineReviewOnline, January 2016
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
Rich Cook, Wine Reviews Online, February 2016
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.
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.
Winestate Magazine, August 2016
A baby with potential! Slightly earthy blackcurrant nose and sour cherry flavours on a light palate.
Natalia Maclean, Natalie Maclean, August 2016
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!
Glen Frederiksen, WineLinesOnline, September 2016
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.
Isaac Baker, Terroirist, September 2016
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.
Ronn Weigand, Restaurant Wines, September 2016
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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.
Campbell Mattinson, WineFront, December 2016
Same same. But different. Merlot from the Clare Valley. Meatier and gruntier than you might expect of an affordably-priced merlot. There's a bit of tannin here, a bit of pucker. It's generally berried with input from loamy earth and loganberry. It drinks pretty well, it has to be said. The falvour profile is closer to cabernet than to shiraz, as it should be.
Dan Traucki, , December 2016
Festooned with medals including a Trophy, 2 double Gold and 4 Gold Medals, this is an impressive wine. Delightful purple/red colour, aromas of plum and red berries leap out of the glass and on the palate it is full of flavour, smooth, rich and simply gorgeous. The best Merlot I have tasted this year.
Anthony Dias Blue, Tasting Panel Magazine, February 2017
Juicy and bright with blackberry fruit and tangy, fresh style; lively, crisp and long with loads of fruit and charm; balanced and long.
Vic Harradine, Wine Current, April 2017
April 8 2017 Newsletter
Black raspberry, vanilla and black plum aromas provide segue for a flood of rich, luscious palate-coating, boysenberry jam nicely balanced with tang-laden passion fruit, spice and racy pie cherry. ThereÆs terrific value, good structure, soft tannin, smooth texture and persistent purity of fruit. ItÆs lively and juicy with a fruit-filled, tang-laden, and monumentally long aftertasteùit was tough to spit; it flirted with 5 stars. Pour with braised lamb shanks and grilled root veggies.