In celebration of its 50th anniversary, Wakefield Taylors of Clare Valley, Australia, has launched limited edition The Legacy in Singapore. On 20 December 2019, the premium wine will be made available exclusively in limited quantities at Bottles & Bottles Vivocity, alongside the many award winning wines by the family-owned vineyard.
With this momentous milestone, the highly lauded winery has rebranded itself as Wakefield Taylors in Singapore, paying homage to its original plot by Wakefield River that dates back to 1969 – the year of its establishment by founder Bill Taylor Senior. Bottlings will now see a regal new logo as well as the vineyard’s iconic seahorse emblem, which was adapted after the discovery of fossilised seahorses on the original plot.
The Legacy Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
A New World gem inspired by the great wines of the Old World, The Legacy is made with the crème de la crème of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes harvest from the estate – including the original plot by Wakefield River. Complementing the delicate yet robust wine is an exquisite hand-labelled bottle decorated with handcrafted silver and rhodium seahorse medallion and a Certificate of Authenticity.
The Legacy reflects Wakefield Taylors’ commitment to fine Australian wines as well as Clare Valley’s unique terroir. Pouring a dark garnet red, the blend sports a complex bouquet of red berries, cedar, spice and perfumed tobacco. Its palate follows with hallmark Cabernet tannins interwoven with concentrated fruits. Crafted to age, it can also be enjoyed young after decanting.
A dark garnet red of medium intensity with some development to the hue.
A polished wonder of red berry fruit, spice, cedar and lifted tobacco. Overall, very complex with many interwoven elements and layers.
A textural expression of the blended varieties with Cabernet Sauvignon most evident showing the luscious cassis version of blackcurrant along with subtle, nutty notes. The savoury complexity delivered by quality French oak marries seamlessly with concentrated, yet delicately presented fruit to deliver a wine of both charm and substance. The wine concludes its perfectly poised journey across the palate with impeccable length and persistence.
The momentous release marks the anniversary of the year Bill Taylor Snr. and his sons first established their winery on the banks of the Wakefield River in the Clare Valley region. Once a family of Sydney publicans, they entered the wine industry to realise their passion for crafting fine wines.
Third generation Managing Director and Winemaker Mitchell Taylor believes Wakefield The Legacy embodies his grandfather’s vision for founding the winery.
“This is a wine three generations in the making. Wakefield The Legacy is a testament to my grandfather and father’s work in establishing our winery,” Mitchell said.
“Each generation has brought something special to Wakefield Wines. From my grandfather who started the winery with a focus on premium cabernet and shiraz wines – winning a gold medal at each national wine show with our first releases – to my father who saw the winery through changing tastes and expansion for our production into white wines.
“While Wakefield The Legacy celebrates our family’s journey, it is also a benchmark for future generations of our family. It is a great privilege to be releasing this wine as part of our 50th anniversary.”
Every detail has been considered in the crafting of this elegant wine, which began as part of Wakefield’s fine wine journey starting with the St Andrews range nearly two decades ago.
The cabernet fruit used in a majority of the blend was sourced from a series of exceptional vineyard blocks on Wakefield’s estate, including A70 and E20 from the St Andrews vineyard, along with W10 – a thirty-year-old vineyard located on the Wakefield river flats. Merlot from the Wakefield vineyard was also used to complete the blend, along with a small parcel of merlot and cabernet franc, selected from a long term grower partner in the Coonawarra, bringing aromatic lift to the finished wine.
A crucial component for this wine was the selection and integration of oak, according to Chief Winemaker Adam Eggins.
“The art of open barrel fermentation is a practice we have been perfecting at our winery for more than a decade,” said Eggins.
“Post fermentation, the cabernet fruit is transferred to a selection of fine grained, high quality French oak for a period of eight weeks, with skins intact. The process of extended skin contact in barrel gently softens the tannin profile and creates a sublime texture to the wine.”
An integral part of Wakefield The Legacy lies in the specific barrels used for long term maturation. Vicard, a sixth generation cooperage in France, supplied a selection of its finest fine-grained, lightly toasted barrels specifically for this wine, the staves of which were seasoned for 48 months prior to assembling.
Due to the oaks’ extremely tight grain, the wine enjoyed 36 months maturation in a cool, temperature controlled cellar allowing the oak to impart powerfully savoury characters and textural richness. The complete wine is a polished wonder, according to Eggins.
“The aim was to find true completeness in a wine. Having a glass of Wakefield The Legacy – you almost fall into it. It has a huge presence, but is still delicate. It’s a wonderful experience,” Eggins said.
In true celebratory fashion for the family’s golden anniversary, Wakefield The Legacy’s packaging is a tribute to the intricate work of the winemaking team, as well as the three generations of the Taylor winemaking family. The wine is housed within a bespoke case, with Wakefield The Legacy emblazoned in silver. Housed within the case is a detailed booklet containing a certificate of authenticity, a detailed history of Wakefield Wines, and a family tree of the Taylors past and present.
Innovation comes to the forefront as the wine is unveiled within. A truly unique, three-pronged sculpture encases the wine, each pillar signed by a representative of each generation. The wine is bottled in a statuesque tapered glass bottle, and as a statement to Wakefield’s pioneering heritage, is enclosed with the screw cap.
Wakefield’s iconic three seahorse emblem shines prominently as the focus on the front label with a handcrafted, silver medallion coated in rhodium, on of the rarest precious metals in the world. The treatment and finish of the icon ensures it will never tarnish.
Authenticity is taken to new heights as Wakefield unveils a world-first, protective bottle overcap and security chip. The security chip, one of the first of its kind, enables purchasers of Wakefield The Legacy to access information about the wine through their smart phone using near-field communication. Through a dedicated app, purchasers can also access important security details, confirming that the wine is authentic and unopened.
“We’ve taken our efforts in packaging to new levels with Wakefield The Legacy. We’ve blurred the boundaries of wine and art to create something truly special to celebrate our 50th anniversary,” said Mitchell Taylor.
“Innovation is core to our business, and with the advancements in packaging technology, we’ve considered all the elements that will make this wine, and how its cared for, a world-class wine.”
Only 1,080 individual bottles have been created of Wakefield The Legacy 2014. This premium wine will be made available exclusively in limited quantities at Bottles & Bottles Vivocity.