Jaraman

Shiraz 2017

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, 2016
Region Clare Valley 61% / McLaren Vale 39%
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 growing season leading up to vintage 2017, winter rainfall was above average, in fact for the full year, it was the wettest recorded since 2000. Soil temperatures remained very low due to the waterlogged conditions and the below average ambient temperatures recorded through the spring resulted in budburst occurring up to a month later than in recent years. Weather conditions during flowering however were favourable and hence fruit set was good across all varieties. Harvest began in late February and picking continued at a slow and steady rate until early May due to the prevailing mild conditions. Overall, or winemakers have declared the vintage to be above average vintage in terms of quantity and fruit quality.
In McLaren Vale, winter and spring saw above average rainfall leading to full soil profiles. Fortunately, the weather patterns during flowering were relatively stable and dry, although temperatures were cooler than average and subsequently, flowering and also veraison was delayed. Because of this, harvest began later too, with very few vineyards picked in February, and then picking continuing into mid-autumn. The weather during March & April were stable, with warm and dry conditions and little rainfall. Overall, winemakers have reported the reds to be lively, bright, spicy, vibrant, and elegant.
Oak Maturation The wine was matured in a mixture of coopers 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: 6.62
Residual Sugar: 0.6
Wine Type: Red
Wine Body: Full
Blend or Single Variety: Single Variety
Pack Size: Single: 750ml bottle Case: 6 x 750ml bottle
  • 2019
  • Monterey International Wine Competition
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  • West Coast Wine Competition (East Meets West)
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  • Commended
  • Rich Cook, WineReviewOnline

    Jan 2019
    94 Points
    A blissful wedding of two valleys, accenting the best of both. Tarry black fruit notes, pepper and menthol notes are seamlessly integrated and ride a wave of popping acidity through a blooming finish. Lamb or other red meats are the way to go pairing-wise. A Platinum Award winner at the 2019 Monterey International Wine Competition.
  • Bruce Schoenfeld , Critics Challenge International Wine & Spirit Competition

    Jan 2019
    93 Points
    Delightful until the finish. Just a little short and bitter.
  • Natalie MacLean, Natalie MacLean

    Jan 2017
    92 Points
    Deep violet in the glass, Wakefield Jaraman is consistently rich with a mouthful of juicy dark plum, ripe raspberry, dried herb, smoky vanilla flavours and a dark berry compote finish. Tannins are well-integrated and ready to enjoy now with anything from the barbeque.
  • David Bicknell, James Halliday Wine Companion

    Jan 2019
    91 points
    A 60/40% blend of the valley and the vale, with the wine also receiving 30% new American oak for malo and maturation. Bright purple red, ripe black fruits, licorice and cocoa powder. Brown spices and vanilla. Sized up in flavour, volume, oak and palate impact. Plenty of punch here.
  • Vic Harradine, Wine Current

    Dec 2020
    91 Points
    Heady aromas of deep, rich, dark berry fruit cocktail leap from the glass interwoven with notions of tar and medicinal notes. It blankets the palate with a surge of piquant spice and oodles of acidity mingling with ripe mulberry fruit and tang-laden passion fruit all underpinned by still-evolving tannin. This has mellowed considerably from my previous tasting. It's great to drink now and on to 2025. Give this value-laden shiraz a try with grilled rack of lamb.
  • Ted McIntyre, The Lush Life

    Dec 2020
    90 Points
    Released this past weekend, this Aussie Shiraz has softened in the bottle over the past year since I first sampled the 2017 vintage. The herbal, eucalyptus aspect I originally encountered has subsided, leaving a rich, smooth, lighty spiced, full-bodied wine in its wake. The fruit is dark - ripe dates, plums and blackberries, with oak, tobacco and chocolate rounding it oak. Perfect pairing for roast beef.
  • Christina Pickard, Wine Enthusiast

    Jan 2019
    90 Points
    The fruit for this wine comes from Clare Valley and McLaren Vale. It offers lifted tones of blueberries, florals, olive tapenade, mocha and black pepper, with crisp acidity and grainy, muscular tannins. Drink now–2027. Seaview Imports.
  • Nick Stock, jamessuckling.com

    Jan 2019
    90 Points
    This sits really fresh and attractive on the nose and palate with raspberries, red plums and boysenberries, dusted in vanilla spice and served up soft and approachable at the finish. Drink now. Screw cap.
  • MaryAnn Worobiec, Wine Spectator

    Jan 2019
    86 Points
    Fragrant, with notes of cumin and dill accenting a plush core of currant and blackberry flavors, revealing a dash of cream soda on the finish. Drink now. 500 cases imported.
  • Ronn Weigand MW, MS, Restaurant Wine

    Jan 2019
    5 stars
    Wakefield’s Jaraman bottlings are ‘prestige district blends’, joining elegant Clare Valley varietal wines with those from another renowned district. Here, in the 2017 Shiraz, McLaren Vale is the majority of the blend (60.5%), with Clare Valley contributing 39.5%. It is a delicious Shiraz, in a full, ripe, complex style. It is fleshy in texture, richly flavored (blackberry, plum, loganberry, red licorice, cedar), well balanced, and very persistent on the finish. Great value; can be aged. 50% of the grapes were cold soaked 5 days. Aged 15 months in American oak casks and French oak barrels, 30% new.
  • Luxe Magazine, Michael Pinkus

    Jan 2020
    4+ Stars
    Taylors Wines come into the LCBO all year long but Jaraman is something to really take note of. A blend of Clare Valley and McLaren Vale fruit, that sees 30 per cent new American oak which helps pump up that flavour profile: smoky-vanilla-blackberry lead things off adding in eucalyptus, and mocha to finish with a spiced-cherry linger.
  • Paul Ippolito, paulippolito.com.au

    Jan 2019
    Needs more time, in its infancy I wrote, has loads of potential scribbled down the side of the page. This Clare Valley McLaren Vale sourced Shiraz is so laden with freshness and vibrance through its youthfulness as well as the imparting of its intense full black and red fruits. The palate is fresh and spice filled, has silky fine assertive tannins, youthful energetic oak and delivers a medium long finish full of blackberries, raspberries, cherries and rhubarb along with an earthiness, hints of dark chocolate and a touch of star anise. A complex wine that will with time develop beautifully. Ok to drink now but remember to buy extra as it is just going to get better and better. I understand why some people may find this red a bit raw at first taste but do give it time in the glass and it will show off its true potential. Indeed for me it drank even better the next day which is always a good sign of what's more to come. Oh and it demands Winter cuisine food to accompany it and show off its best alongside. Try this with slow roasted pork stuffed with apple and raisins. Drink 2021 to 2027 plus plus. Alc 14.5%. About $32.