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Wakefield Clare Valley Merlot 2016 £11.95
WAKEFIELD CLARE VALLEY MERLOT
With the first planting of their vineyards in 1969, Wakefield set out on a journey to create authentic estate grown wines. nothing prepared them for its overwhelming success, with the first vintage awarded a gold medal in every national wine show entered. while the range has since grown to include more varieties, every bottle is still crafted at our clare valley estate with the same care and attention as that very first vintage.
The majority of the fruit was sourced from the Lodden and St Andrews blocks on theTaylor family estate.The winemakers are seeking to craft a wine with a rich midpalate and a soft, velvety feel.The fruit,once harvested, was de-stemmed and then transferred to stainless steel fermentation vessels where a quick yet gentle, warm fermentation was carriedout usinga yeast to enhance fruit expression. After primary fermentation, the wine was pressedand transferredback to stainless steel where secondary, malolactic fermentation occurs. The wine was then racked off to a mixture of American and French oak barrels (50% 1 year old,and 50% 2 - 3 years old) and was left to mature before being finally blended and after minimal filtration, bottled in December 2015.
At release, the wine is a vibrant, youthful red with an intense red/purple hue. This wine displays lifted aromas of raspberry, cherry and violets with enticing vanilla bean, spice and cinnamon from quality oak maturation. On the palate this wine showcases layers of ripe, dark fruit alongside rich fruit cake characters. The texture 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 2023
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