Jaraman

Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Generous ripe fruit flavours of the Clare Valley are balanced with elegant, fine tannins, lifted mint character and velvety finish of the Coonawarra.

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Previous Vintages 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015
Region Coonawarra 73% / Clare Valley 27%
Colour At release, the wine has a deep ruby red colour to the centre with a youthful purple hue to the edges.
Nose There are lifted aromas of dark blackcurrant fruit along with subtle choc-mint and a hint of eucalypt.
Vintage Conditions In Coonawarra, the growing season was drier than usual, delivering only half the normal rainfall. Vintage 2016 commenced early, with a warmer October advancing the whole season, with flowering, veraison and harvest dates were all a couple of weeks early. However, despite the early season, the time taken for berry development and ripening was in line with normal, allowing adequate time for fruit to develop tannins and complexity. February and March temperatures were mild, and the cold nights and warm days delivered an extended ripening period and the longer hang time contributed to rich, medium bodied Cabernet Sauvignon with good varietal definition. In the Clare Valley, rainfall was below average for the season, but it was not the amount that had the biggest impact; it was the timing. Mother Nature saw fit to dole out just the right amount of water at just the right time for maximum positive impact on the vine? health and importantly, the quality of the fruit produced. In fact, this was just one of the factors at play when it comes to the vintage being lauded as one of the greats. Firstly, the vines were ?tress free?heading into the winter period, creating the potential for a superior crop. Secondly, conditions were ideal during flowering and then lastly, the threat of frost did not eventuate. All these conditions combined to create what called be described as ?he perfect storm?for an excellent vintage.
Oak Maturation The wine was matured in French oak barrels (50% 1 year old, 50% a combination of 2 and 3 year old) for a period of 10 to 12 months before being bottled.
Cellaring Notes Crafted for immediate enjoyment but will cellar over a long term under ideal conditions.
Alc%: 14.5
Acid: 6.9
Residual Sugar: 0.7
Wine Type: Red
Wine Body: Full
Blend or Single Variety: Single Variety
Pack Size: Single: 750ml bottle Case: 6 x 750ml bottle
  • 2019
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  • Vic Harradine, Winecurrent

    Jan 2020
    95 Points
    (Exceptional Value) This showcases deft balance, purity of fruit, good structure, a monumentally long aftertaste and plenty of racy tang. Lifted aromas of piquant spice, floral notes, red and black berry fruit with hints of mint waft easily from this medium-plus bodied, fully textured cab. It’s both powerful and elegant enveloping the palate with a tsunami wave of bracing tang and silky tannin interwoven with crunchy red fruit to the fore—pie cherry and red currant—along with blueberry and plum. Aerate two hours and serve 2023 and beyond.
  • Sarah Ahmed, Decanter

    Jan 2019
    95 Points
    Minty notes signal Coonawarra. Dried herbs and fresh acidity speak of Clare. Perfumed and very poised.
  • Vic Harradine, Wine Current

    Jan 2020
    95 Points
    This showcases deft balance, purity of fruit, good structure, a monumentally long aftertaste and plenty of racy tang. Lifted aromas of piquant spice, floral notes, red and black berry fruit with hints of mint waft easily from this medium-plus bodied, fully textured cab. It’s both powerful and elegant enveloping the palate with a tsunami wave of bracing tang and silky tannin interwoven with crunchy red fruit to the fore—pie cherry and red currant—along with blueberry and plum. Aerate two hours and serve or twist tops 2022 and beyond.
  • Bill Ward, Critics Challenge International Wine & Spirit Competition

    Jan 2019
    94 Points
    A treat for cab aficionados and a swell introduction to the varietal, this boasts a piney, plummy nose, perfect grip and layers of complexity.
  • David Bicknell, James Halliday Wine Companion

    Jan 2019
    93 points
    73% from Coonawarra and 27% from Clare. The colour and fruit expression still bright - blackcurrant, blackberry, baking spices, mint and vanilla notes. 50% new oak shows its hand, but is matched by the concentration of fruit. Tannins are firm but fine, and with the lively acidity, a long future ahead.
  • Natalie MacLean, Natalie Maclean

    Jan 2020
    93 Points
    Made by one of Australia's wine families and typical of what the Coonawarra and Clare Valley can show in a Cabernet Sauvignon. Fragrant with dark berries, eucalyptus, mocha and tobacco. Dried herbs, ripe dark berries, savoury notes, mint, spice and fresh acidity on the palate. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: beef enchiladas, barbecued ribs in sauce, hamburger, hard cheese.
  • Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review

    Jan 2019
    92 Points
    A blend of fruit from Coonawarra (60%) and the Clare Valley (40%). Perfumed cabernet sauvignon that's richly-textured with plump, rounded tannins. Sweet black currant and cassis with hints of chocolate/mocha. A real crowd-pleasing wine that's delicious now but should develop.
  • Natalie Maclean, Natalie Maclean

    Jan 2018
    92 Points
    Wakefield Jaraman is a zesty, full-bodied, Shiraz from Clare Valley wine region in South Australia. This Australian red wine is a regional blend of Shiraz grapes of about two-thirds Clare Valley and one-third McLaren Vale regions. The wine was partially cold-soaked for 4 days, then aged in 100% new American oak barrels for 11 months. Dark chocolate and sweet black fleshy plums on the nose with a pleasant zing of acidity mid-palate for lots of dishes from tangy meat sauces to grilled meats. More black fruit and mouth-filling roundness. A consistently good producer at fair prices for the quality. This Australian red wine is a regional blend of Shiraz grapes of about two-thirds Clare Valley and one-third McLaren Vale regions. The wine was partially cold-soaked for 4 days, then aged in 100% new American oak barrels for 11 months. Deeply concentrated and flavoured.
  • Ted McIntyre, The Lush Life

    Jan 2020
    90 Points
    If you ever get into a blind tasting, one of the easier wines to nail—at least as far as guessing where it was grown—might be a Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon. There tends to be distinctive minty, eucalyptus notes from this South Australia wine region, and in the case of Taylors Jaraman Cab—although only three-quarters of the grapes were sourced from the Coonawarra—that eucalyptus infusion is notable. It’s accompanied by luscious red and blue fruits (black cherry/raspberry/blackcurrant) and cassis, flowing marble-smooth across the palate. Although medium-plus in body, with an alcohol content that seems much tamer than its listed 14.5%, there’s still a power to this wine. Just remember that its herbal kiss is not shy, so it might not be for everyone. But it is distinctive and I do like a wine having a sense of place. Serve around 16C.
  • Ted McIntyre, The Lush Life

    Jan 2020
    90 Points
    If you ever get into a blind tasting, one of the easier wines to nail—at least as far as guessing where it was grown—might be a Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon. There tends to be distinctive minty, eucalyptus notes from this South Australia wine region, and in the case of Wakefield’s Jaraman Cab—although only three-quarters of the grapes were sourced from the Coonawarra—that eucalyptus infusion is notable. It’s accompanied by luscious red and blue fruits (black cherry/raspberry/blackcurrant) and cassis, flowing marble-smooth across the palate. Although medium-plus in body, with an alcohol content that seems much tamer than its listed 14.5%, there’s still a power to this wine. Just remember that its herbal kiss is not shy, so it might not be for everyone. But it is distinctive and I do like a wine having a sense of place. Serve around 16C.
  • Simon Hughes (aka Max Crus), Daily Examiner

    Jan 2016
    9.3/10
    How can you go wrong with wine from two of the best cabernet growing areas in the country? Well, you could charge too much for it but they didn't. Phew.
  • Nick Stock, JamesSuckling.com

    Jan 2018
    89 Points
    A very herbal cabernet, showing lots of gentian and sweet blackcurrant essence. Full-bodied with ripe tannins and a round finish. Drink now. Screw cap.
  • Nick Stock, jamessuckling.com

    Jan 2019
    88 Points
    This blend of two regions works well with red plums and cassis, as well as earthy and herbal nuances. The palate is soft, supple and ready to drink now. Screw cap.
  • Christina Pickard, Wine Enthusiast

    Jan 2019
    87 Points
    A perfumed nose of slightly soapy, vanillin oak overlays ripe plum, red berry and baking spice aromas. Tannins are tightly wound, but the acidity lifts the fruit into juicy rather than jam territory. A full-bodied and fairly muscular Cab. Seaview Imports.
  • MaryAnn Worobiec, Wine Spectator

    Jan 2019
    82 Points
    Racy berry flavors and a strong note of eucalyptus lend a medicinal edge to an otherwise tangy, medium-bodied core. Drink now.
  • Ronn Weigand MW, MS, Restaurant Wine

    Jan 2019
    5 stars
    In the 2016 Cabernet, Coonawarra has the starring role (73% of the blend), and Clare Valley (27%), a supporting one. It is an outstanding wine: full bodied, intensely flavored (eucalyptus mint, black currant, blackberry, cherry, sage, vanilla, toasty oak), crisp, and very long on the palate, with a moderately tannic, lingering finish. Warrants aging. Great value. A small portion of the grapes were cold soaked for 5 days. Aged 17 months in French oak barrels, 50% new. 14.5% [2023-2028]
  • Regan Drew, Vino Notebook

    Jan 2019
    17.25/20
    Taylors have just celebrated 50 years of releases. True to modern Australian form, the Jaraman series sees blending from prime regions for the varieties. Offering the best of the two regions, there’s interplay between minty Coonawarra and earthy pencilly Clare Valley. Pulpy blackcurrant and blackberry with a swathe of chocolate and cedary oak. The palate offering dour chunky, drying tannin with peepholes through to the rich black/purple fruit. The choc/mint a feature (rather than a highlight) and drapes across all yet the wine keeps itself tidy and true to style/intent. Cellar worthy to allow the composition to come together.
  • Matthew Jukes, 100 Best Australian Wines 2019/20

    Jan 2019
    2016 Jaraman Cabernet Sauvignon by contrast is a mind-blowing vintage for Cabernet and this 70% Coonawarra / 30% Clare Valley blend has never been in finer form. There is a hint of bitter chocolate in among the blackcurrant and black cherry mix here which I find irresistible.