Wakefield Wines prepares for "truly special" 2018 vintage

Wakefield Wines is gearing up for “something truly special” with its 2018 vintage, with its red wines expected to rival some of the best wines it has ever produced, according to the producer.

The Clare Valley producer has completed its harvest and while it won’t formally assess its red wines for several months, managing director, Mitchell Taylor, said: “I concur with our head winemaker, Adam Eggins, that everything we have seen so far is pointing to a five-star vintage that will rival some of the best wines we have ever produced.”

The season leading up to the vintage 2018 was slightly cooler and drier with the vines in a healthy state to ripen fruit. There was little to no disease pressure due to these conditions, described by Taylor as “classic Clare Valley perfection”.

He added: “We are very excited about the quality of the classic varieties from this vintage. In terms of the white (Chardonnay and Riesling), the generally cool season leading up to harvest has brought about lower alcohol levels and at the same time, lower yields delivering highly aromatic wines with very pure and distinct varietal characters. It is one of those terrific ‘win-win’ situations.

“When it comes to the reds (Cabernet, Merlot and Shiraz), at this early stage, the colours and flavour concentrations in the young reds are the best we have seen in a long time and the general consensus is that it is looking like one of the best red vintages of the past decade; for Shiraz in particular, possibly the past century.”

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