"For three generations our family have crafted great Australian wines in the Clare Valley, South Australia. We understand that truly great wines are made in the vineyard and that the art of fine winemaking is to respect and capture the essence of the vineyard site and to highlight the unique varietal expression of each grape variety." Mitchell Taylor Mitchell Taylor

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The Pioneer Shiraz 2012 Rated 98 Points

Collectors take note -- this is a wine for the ages. That said, it's so good now that it may never make it to your grandchild's college graduation party. Everything is neatly in its place here, with no protruding sharp edges or "look at me" characteristics. Rich black cherry and berry fruit mix with mint, dark chocolate and warm spice ride a wave of supple tannins through an incredibly long finish. I'm a fan of wines for the table, but I don't think I'd put any edibles alongside this bottle. Absolutely riveting Shiraz.

- 98 points, Rich Cook, Wine Review Online, April 2015


The Pioneer Shiraz 2012 Rated 97 Points

Australia has its share of impressive wines and I would submit Wakefield's The Pioneer Shiraz is positioned to take its place alongside the likes of Grange and other better-known powerhouse reds from Down Under. This suave, supple Shiraz offers richly layered aromas of blackberry, blueberry and raspberry, with a hint of mocha and spice. It is exquisitely balanced and refined, that rare wine that literally stops you in your tracks upon the first sip. It is an astonishing winemaking achievement and Wakefield deserves the kudos.

- 97 points, Robert Whitley, Wine Review Online, April 2015