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Wakefield Promised Land Shiraz-Cabernet 2019

Red Wine from Australia - South Australia
This great, bold red blend has all of the juicy vibrant cassis you would expect from Australia but with the balance and freshness that comes from Clare Valley-dominated fruit. A really good anyday drop.
Price: £8.50 Bottle
Price: £51.00 Case of 6
In Stock
Code: AU23461

Wine characteristics

  • Red Wine
  • Full-bodied
  • Cabernet Shiraz
  • 14.5% Alcohol
  • Oak used but not v. noticeable
  • Now to 2025
  • 75cl
  • Screwcap

South Australia

South Australia (SA) is Australia’s wine heartland, producing most of the country's wine and boasting some of its oldest vines. The dry, hot climate ripens grapes fully, making bold, dense and concentrated wines.

The Barossa Valley has a rich viticultural history with patches of bush-trained vines, many more than 100 years old. It is first and foremost a red wine region. Shiraz is king but cabernet sauvignon, grenache and mourvèdre play an important part, too.

Close to the Barossa is the Eden Valley, a windswept series of elevated hills producing exceptional shiraz and floral riesling. Just north of the Barossa is the Clare Valley, which represents Australia's pinnacle for riesling, where elevated vineyards temper the intense heat, producing dry whites of immense class and purity. The region’s powerful and muscular reds can be outstanding too.

On the coast south of Adelaide is McLaren Vale, which vies with Barossa to be SA's best red-wine region. The climate is warm enough to...
South Australia (SA) is Australia’s wine heartland, producing most of the country's wine and boasting some of its oldest vines. The dry, hot climate ripens grapes fully, making bold, dense and concentrated wines.

The Barossa Valley has a rich viticultural history with patches of bush-trained vines, many more than 100 years old. It is first and foremost a red wine region. Shiraz is king but cabernet sauvignon, grenache and mourvèdre play an important part, too.

Close to the Barossa is the Eden Valley, a windswept series of elevated hills producing exceptional shiraz and floral riesling. Just north of the Barossa is the Clare Valley, which represents Australia's pinnacle for riesling, where elevated vineyards temper the intense heat, producing dry whites of immense class and purity. The region’s powerful and muscular reds can be outstanding too.

On the coast south of Adelaide is McLaren Vale, which vies with Barossa to be SA's best red-wine region. The climate is warm enough to guarantee lush, chocolatey reds from shiraz, grenache and cabernet, while its strong maritime influence invests elegance in chardonnay, viognier and marsanne. Nearby Langhorne is cooled by the lake and nearby sea, and grows grapes of very good quality at a low cost. These excellent-value wines are marked by a softness and fullness of flavour. The Adelaide Hills area east of the city are cool and provide the perfect ingredients for lemony sauvignon blanc and chardonnay. Coonawarra, further south-east behind the Limestone Coast, is South Australia's leading cabernet region, the unique terra rossa soil and maritime influence producing grapes with intense flavours and fabulous structure.
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Wakefield

In 1969, Bill Taylor Senior and his sons Bill and John were wine merchants in Sydney, but their passion for their trade spurred them on to find somewhere they could make their own wine. Bill’s initial vision has remained at the core of the Wakefield style: wines inspired by old-world finesse (Bill was greatly influenced by a trip he made to Bordeaux in the 1960s) but with a proudly Australian character.

Their first vintage was in 1973, and it won gold medals in every competition in which it was entered, so it isn’t surprising to learn that since then Wakefield wines have won over 4000 awards. Today their estate is part of Australia’s First Families of Wine, and is run by Bill Junior and his three sons: Mitchell, who has been winemaker and managing director since 2000, Justin, who runs marketing and export, and Clinton, who manages operations in the winery. Mitchell is assisted in the winery by Adam Eggins.

The estate is named after its position by the Wakefield River, and is located in Auburn, a sub region of the Clare Valley wine region, around 137km north of Adelaide. At 350 metres above sea level, Clare Valley is cooler than the surrounding regions, meaning grapes can remain ripening on the vines for two to four weeks longer than other South Australian wine regions. The Mediterranean climate here consists of warm days to help the grapes to ripen and cool nights to allow them to rest.

Wakefield’s 500 hectares of vines are planted with 12 different grape varieties. Cabernet...
In 1969, Bill Taylor Senior and his sons Bill and John were wine merchants in Sydney, but their passion for their trade spurred them on to find somewhere they could make their own wine. Bill’s initial vision has remained at the core of the Wakefield style: wines inspired by old-world finesse (Bill was greatly influenced by a trip he made to Bordeaux in the 1960s) but with a proudly Australian character.

Their first vintage was in 1973, and it won gold medals in every competition in which it was entered, so it isn’t surprising to learn that since then Wakefield wines have won over 4000 awards. Today their estate is part of Australia’s First Families of Wine, and is run by Bill Junior and his three sons: Mitchell, who has been winemaker and managing director since 2000, Justin, who runs marketing and export, and Clinton, who manages operations in the winery. Mitchell is assisted in the winery by Adam Eggins.

The estate is named after its position by the Wakefield River, and is located in Auburn, a sub region of the Clare Valley wine region, around 137km north of Adelaide. At 350 metres above sea level, Clare Valley is cooler than the surrounding regions, meaning grapes can remain ripening on the vines for two to four weeks longer than other South Australian wine regions. The Mediterranean climate here consists of warm days to help the grapes to ripen and cool nights to allow them to rest.

Wakefield’s 500 hectares of vines are planted with 12 different grape varieties. Cabernet sauvignon and shiraz make up the majority of plantings, but there is also chardonnay, merlot, riesling, semillon, pinot noir, gewürztraminer, pinot gris, viognier and – more recently – tempranillo and carmènere. These are all planted on carefully selected sites: the aromatic whites, for instance, are on eastern slopes to catch the morning sun, whereas the shiraz is found on more gentle, west-facing slopes. The cabernet sauvignon is planted on red-brown loam soil in the sheltered warmth of the river flat, yielding small bunches of tiny berries.

Wakefield produces wines at many levels – St Andrew’s wines are made from the oldest vineyards and best plots, the Estate range highlights the variety of wine produced and uses only estate grown grapes. The ‘Promised Land’ wine range highlights the easy fruit driven appeal of South Australian wines, made impeccably with great character, but at ‘everyday’ prices.

The new winery opened in 2009, and includes modern equipment like the Pera press, which uses gentler methods to extract purer grape juice. They estate has excellent green credentials, including ISO certification, and its Eighty Acres wine range became the first to be declared carbon neutral. It also took the decision to convert to 100% screwcap closures in 2004.
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Australia Vintage 2019

It’s hard to give a blanket picture of how Australia has done in any particular vintage as, frankly, it’s huge! Regional variation notwithstanding, 2019 generally looks good in most regions after an excellent 2018. Drought, though, continued to be a problem, and rising temperatures in places such as McLaren Vale mean that alcohol levels are only going in one direction.

However, I would urge members not to base their view of the entirety of Australia on what is going on in Barossa or McLaren Vale. 2019 in Margaret River produced some excellent wines and this continues to be a world-class region for elegant, silky and delicious cabernet-based wines. Tasmania, Yarra and Mornington Peninsula have also shone in the 2019 vintage and demonstrate how fantastic Australia is for cooler-climate winemaking. Thanks to Margaret River and Mornington Peninsula’s sea influence (therefore keeping temperatures cooler) and the microclimates of Yarra Valley and Tasmania, these regions are set to...
It’s hard to give a blanket picture of how Australia has done in any particular vintage as, frankly, it’s huge! Regional variation notwithstanding, 2019 generally looks good in most regions after an excellent 2018. Drought, though, continued to be a problem, and rising temperatures in places such as McLaren Vale mean that alcohol levels are only going in one direction.

However, I would urge members not to base their view of the entirety of Australia on what is going on in Barossa or McLaren Vale. 2019 in Margaret River produced some excellent wines and this continues to be a world-class region for elegant, silky and delicious cabernet-based wines. Tasmania, Yarra and Mornington Peninsula have also shone in the 2019 vintage and demonstrate how fantastic Australia is for cooler-climate winemaking. Thanks to Margaret River and Mornington Peninsula’s sea influence (therefore keeping temperatures cooler) and the microclimates of Yarra Valley and Tasmania, these regions are set to become increasingly important and worth following.
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