Wakefield is a third generation family wine business and was founded in 1969 by Bill Taylor who was inspired by his love for the red wines of Bordeaux’s Medoc region. He was drawn to South Australia’s Clare Valley where his first 178 hectare vineyard was planted on the banks of the Wakefield River close to the village of Auburn. The vineyard was carefully chosen to benefit from red-brown loam over limestone soils (also known as Terra Rossa) and the Clare Valley’s cool climate which were known to be ideal for the cultivation of Cabernet Sauvignon vines. In 1973 Bill Taylor tentatively entered his inaugural Cabernet Sauvignon vintage in Royal Adelaide Wine Show and was delighted to win the prestigious Montgomery Trophy for best red wine in show. Since then Wakefield wines have gone on to win more than 2000 medals and awards in major international wine competitions.
Jaraman wines are created from the fusion of two exceptional parcels of fruit from two iconic Australian wine regions. The result is a single variety wine which is multi-dimensional, highlighting and enhancing the nuances of both terroirs. This is a rich, full-bodied wine with intense flavours of ripe red berry fruit, violets as well as roasted coffee beans and spice. The wine is well balanced with complex, well-integrated tannins providing the palate with an intense, persistent length.