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Jaraman

Shiraz 2016

The luscious elegance of the Clare Valley fruit marries superbly with the slightly peppery fruit from McLaren Vale.

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Previous Vintages 2014
Region Clare Valley 59% / McLaren Vale 41%
Colour At release, the wine has a deep cerise red colour to the centre with a vibrant purple hue to the edges
Nose There are lifted aromas of black plum and blackberry fruit along with a hint of coffee bean and spice.
Vintage Conditions In the Clare Valley, rainfall was below average for the season leading up to vintage 2016 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. 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 stress 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 can be described as the perfect vintage. In McLaren Vale, the growing season saw lower than average winter rainfall followed by long dry periods. Spring was warm and dry which promoted good shoot growth and even flowering. At the beginning of February, the region received double the average monthly rainfall over two days due to one storm. However, far from having a negative effect, the intense rain increased the yields at harvest and relieved any water stress on the vines. Shiraz again standing out as one of those varieties that traditionally fare well in dry seasons.
Oak Maturation The wine was matured in American oak hogsheads (30% 1 year old and 70% 2-3 year old for 14 months before being bottled.
Cellaring Notes Crafted for immediate enjoyment but will cellar over a long term under ideal conditions.
Alc%: 14.5
Acid: 6.55
Residual Sugar: 1.1
Wine Type: Red
Wine Body: Full
Blend or Single Variety: Single Variety
Pack Size: Single: 750ml bottle Case: 6 x 750ml bottle
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  • Sarah Ahmed, Decanter

    Jan 2019
    94 Points
    Lovely intensity, bright blackcurrant, plum, red cherry, plus savoury black olive, chocolate and rich vanilla oak nuances. Long tapering finish, liquorice spice.
  • 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. Shiraz food pairings: juicy, grilled rare sirloin steak, hard cheese like Cheddar or Havarti.
  • Steve Creber, James Halliday Wine Companion

    Jan 2018
    92 Points
    Stainless steel-fermented, then transferred to used American oak. Seems to be showing a definite McLaren Vale influence, with earthy, chocolate-tinged aromas and flavours. Alongside that there's generous red and black fruit, some sweetness of oak, and gentle but persistent tannin seamlessly folded in.
  • Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front

    Jan 2018
    91 Points
    Texture and flavour are in good shape and the finish is sound, indeed satisfying.
  • Huon Hooke, The Real Review

    Jan 2018
    90 Points
    Very deep red colour with purple tints. The bouquet is very savoury and full of walnut, pecan-like and sweet-berry aromas. The palate is likewise very savoury and drying, with abundant alcohol warmth and glycerol viscosity, slightly oaky tannins and a dry, firm, fairly oaky finish. A somewhat old-fashioned style, and good.
  • Nick Stock, JamesSuckling.com

    Jan 2018
    89 Points
    Brambleberries, black peppers and spices. Full body, some decent fruit, light tannins and a slightly short finish. Nice tannins and acidity nonetheless. Screw cap.
  • , Vintages

    Jan 2019
    88 Points
    Screw cap. Dark berry, mint, pepper and spice aromas waft from the glass with some jamminess. It is a touch confected on the full-bodied palate with smooth, silky tannins and fresh, lively acids supporting the minty, blueberry, dark berry, cocoa, and spice flavours. Some chalkiness arrives mid-palate. Smooth berry, mocha, and earthy notes linger on the juicy finish, with very good length. Aussie Shiraz lovers will like this.
  • Ronn Weigand MW, MS, Restaurant Wine

    Jan 2017
    4+ Stars
    The 2016 is very distinct in character (loganberry, red licorice, plum, blackberry, violet, black pepper, cedar), full bodied, and medium rich, with very good balance, and long, somewhat toasty finish. Still quite young; warrants additional bottle aging. Aged in American oak barrels and casks.
  • Richard Hemming MW, Jancis Robinson

    Jan 2018
    17 Points
    Ripe, sweet black fruit with powerful vanilla character and delicious smoked-meat flavour too. Serious and complex, though the strong oak spice might be a little wearing for some. But as a classic South Australian Shiraz, this ticks all the boxes. (RH)
  • Rob Geddes MW, May Wine News from Geddes A Drink

    Jan 2018
    A smart blend of fruit from two of Australia’s best shiraz regions, shows a real intensity on the nose, layers of black fruits, and a touch of charcuterie oak. The palate is a tight knit ball of sweet blackberry and black cherry fruit, contained by authoritative fine grained tannins, with real depth and persistence. Very impressive for the price.
  • Matthew Jukes, 100 Best Australian Wines 2018/19

    Jan 2018
    2016 Jaraman Shiraz is a wine that tastes like every grape was dipped in chocolate while on the vine! This is the third Jaraman cuvee to make this Report and the careful blending of earthy, spicy, tannin-dusted Clare Valley Shiraz and glossy, berry-stuffed, refreshingly energetic McLaren Vale Shiraz is so well judged it is incredible. The value that this label brings to the table, for a prestige wine flavour, is also truly impressive.