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2012 Wakefield (Taylor's) "St. Andrews" Single Vineyard Shiraz Clare Valley South Australia SKU #1243320

Price: $44.99

JH 96 WE 95 WS 92
VN 91
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K&L Notes

This is one of 2012's most highly awarded wines from anywhere in Australia including a trophy (Best Shiraz) and 23 more GOLD Medals from major international wine shows! The hand-selected grapes for this bottling were fermented in open top barrels and hand-plunged twice daily. This labor intensive process allows the winemaker to perfectly control the extraction of fruit and tannin leading to silky textures and stunning purity. After ferment the barrels were re-coopered and the wine returned to them for extended maturation. No expense was spared in the production of this wine and it shows in the luxurious flavors and textures on the palate.

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Staff Reviews

  • Ivan Diaz
    By: Ivan Diaz
    6/27/2016
    K&L Staff Member
    Wakefield's flagship bottling, "St. Andrews," is only released in the best vintages, so don't expect some over-priced flop here. This is gorgeous, top-notch Shiraz that, for under $40, offers tons of character and diversity of flavor. Purple, plummy fruit pulls a train of compellingly savory flavors including smoky meat wrapped in black pepper, bell pepper, rosemary, mint, salty minerals, and coffee bean. Enjoy with a hearty steak or bacon-wrapped pork medallions.
  • Kirk Walker
    By: Kirk Walker
    6/27/2016
    K&L Staff Member
    This, like the Jaraman, is a ridiculous value. But it is playing a completely different game: this wine is in the big leagues and it is ready to compete with the best of the best. This is a dark and rich, full-bodied Shiraz, with lots of bright complex red fruits that are wrapped in exquisitely polish oak. This wine is built to impress and that is what it does. It will require a little decanting, an hour or so, but be patient. It is totally worth it.
  • Dave Genevro
    By: Dave Genevro
    6/23/2016
    K&L Staff Member
    From the Eight Acre Block Parcel of the estate, this Shiraz from Wake field is dark, lush with a layered structure. I really enjoyed the fragrant nose of this wine.
  • Ryan Woodhouse
    By: Ryan Woodhouse
    6/22/2016
    K&L Staff Member
    One of the winningest wines to ever come from South Australia. This wine has garnered over 20 GOLD MEDALS at major wine awards both at home in Australia and overseas. It has also picked up some massive point scores to boot. The "St. Andrews Vineyard" Shiraz comes in part from some of the oldest vines on the estate planted as far back as the 1890s! Big, smoky dark fruits abound...exotic spice, sweet mocha oak tones, mouth coating lush fruit but also fine structure and enlivening natural acidity to balance all the luxurious fruit. This tastes expensive...very polished and finely tuned. Working directly with the importer means we can offer this significantly below the winery SRP...this is Cadillac Escalade shiraz at Honda Civic pricing.
    Drink from 2012 to 2032

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