Full Review

Wakefield/Taylors

Wakefield/Taylors
2014 St. Andrews, Chardonnay, Clare Valley

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Fish Pasta Shellfish

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: Australia
Alcohol: 13% RS: 1.32%
93 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$49.99

Wakefield/Taylors
2014 St. Andrews, Chardonnay, Clare Valley

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Fish Pasta Shellfish

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: Australia
Alcohol: 13% RS: 1.32%
Bright medium golden straw color. Rich, buttery, toasty aromas and flavors of buttery praline, caramelized pineapples and apples, and coconut frosting with a soft, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a silky, complex, medium-length green apple, lemon-vanilla custard, and brown spices finish with silky tannins and moderate oak. A delicious and beautifully oaked show-style chardonnay.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, juicy & smooth, oaky & rich & full
Aroma Aroma: buttery praline, caramelized pineapples and apples, and coconut frosting
Taste Flavor: green apple, lemon-vanilla custard, and brown spices
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own or with food
Recipes Pairing: Seafood Lasagna, Tuna Casserole, Boiled Lobster
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A delicious and beautifully oaked show-style chardonnay.

The Producer

Wakefield Taylors Wines

The Producer
PO Box 90
Auburn, South Australia 5451
Australia
61 -2 8585 3518

Their Portfolio

93 Jaraman 2014 Wakefield, Shiraz, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $19.99.
90 Taylor Made 2016 Chardonnay, Adelaide Hills 14% (Australia) $22.00.
92 Taylor Made 2016 Malbec, Clare Valley 13.5% (Australia) $19.00.
93 Taylor Made 2016 Malbec, Clare Valley 13.5% (Australia) $22.00.
90 Taylor Made 2017 Rosé, Pinot Noir, Adelaide Hills 13% (Australia) $22.00.
91 Taylor Made 2016 Malbec, Clare Valley 13.5% (Australia) $22.00.
86 Taylor Made 2017 Rosé, Pinot Noir, Adelaide Hills 13% (Australia) $25.00.
86 Taylors Winemakers Project 2017 Cellar Door Exclusive, Fiano, Clare Valley 13.5% (Australia) $22.00.
85 Taylors Winemakers Project 2016 Pinot Noir, Tasmania 14% (Australia) $32.00.
92 Wakefield/Taylors 2015 Tempranillo, Clare Valley 13.5% (Australia) $17.99.
92 Wakefield/Taylors 2014 Reserve Parcel, Shiraz, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $23.99.
94 Wakefield/Taylors 2013 St. Andrews, Shiraz, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $49.99.
93 Wakefield/Taylors 2013 St. Andrews, Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $49.99.
86 Wakefield/Taylors 2015 St. Andrews, Riesling, Clare Valley 12.5% (Australia) $49.99.
88 Wakefield/Taylors 2015 Riesling, Clare Valley 12.5% (Australia) $17.99.
87 Wakefield/Taylors 2015 Pinot Gris, Clare Valley 13% (Australia) $17.99.
90 Wakefield/Taylors 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, Adelaide Hills 13.5% (Australia) $17.99.
88 Wakefield/Taylors 2014 Taylors Winemakers Project, Viognier, Clare Valley 12.5% (Australia) $24.99.
94 Wakefield/Taylors 2012 Taylors Winemakers Project, Shiraz, Clare Valley 14% (Australia) $24.99.
92 Wakefield/Taylors 2013 Cellar Door Exclusive, Merlot, Clare Valley 14% (Australia) $24.99.
93 Wakefield/Taylors 2013 Cellar Door Exclusive, Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare Valley 14% (Australia) $24.99.
93 Wakefield/Taylors 2014 St. Andrews, Chardonnay, Clare Valley 13% (Australia) $49.99.
94 Wakefield/Taylors 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare Valley 14% (Australia) $17.99.
86 Wakefield/Taylors 2015 Chardonnay, Clare Valley 13% (Australia) $17.99.
93 Wakefield/Taylors 2013 St. Andrews, Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $49.99.
94 Wakefield/Taylors 2013 St. Andrews, Shiraz, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $49.99.
90 Wakefield/Taylors 2015 St. Andrews, Riesling, Clare Valley 12.5% (Australia) $49.99.
92 Wakefield/Taylors 2014 St. Andrews, Chardonnay, Clare Valley 13% (Australia) $49.99.
91 Wakefield/Taylors 2014 Reserve Parcel, Shiraz, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $23.99.
91 Wakefield/Taylors 2012 St. Andrews, Riesling, Clare Valley 12.5% (Australia) $49.99.
90 Wakefield/Taylors 2015 Shiraz, Clare Valley 14% (Australia) $17.99.
89 Wakefield/Taylors 2015 Merlot, Clare Valley 14% (Australia) $17.99.
88 Wakefield/Taylors 2015 Promised Land, Shiraz, South Australia 14% (Australia) $14.99.
82 Wakefield/Taylors 2016 Promised Land, Chardonnay, South Australia 13.5% (Australia) $14.99.
92 Wakefield/Taylors 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare Valley 14% (Australia) $17.99.
91 Wakefield/Taylors 2015 Shiraz, Clare Valley 14% (Australia) $17.99.
94 Wakefield/Taylors 2015 Merlot, Clare Valley 14% (Australia) $17.99.
90 Wakefield/Taylors 2015 Promised Land, Cabernet Sauvignon, South Australia 13.5% (Australia) $14.99.
91 Wakefield/Taylors 2016 Riesling, Clare Valley 12.5% (Australia) $17.99.
88 Wakefield/Taylors 2015 Padthaway, Chardonnay, Clare Valley 13% (Australia) $17.99.
90 Wakefield/Taylors 2016 Adelaide Hills, Pinot Gris, Clare Valley 13% (Australia) $17.99.
88 Wakefield/Taylors 2015 "Eighty Acres", Shiraz, South Australia 14% (Australia) $16.99.
88 Wakefield/Taylors 2015 Promised Land, Cabernet - Merlot, South Australia 13.5% (Australia) $14.99.
88 Wakefield/Taylors 2015 Promised Land, Shiraz - Cabernet, South Australia 14% (Australia) $14.99.
92 Wakefield/Taylors 2014 Jaraman, Shiraz, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $19.99.
91 Wakefield/Taylors 2015 Jaraman, Chardonnay, Clare Valley 14% (Australia) $19.99.
93 Wakefield/Taylors 2014 St. Andrews, Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $50.00.
92 Wakefield/Taylors 2014 St. Andrews, Shiraz, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $50.00.
92 Wakefield/Taylors 2015 St. Andrews, Chardonnay, Clare Valley 13.5% (Australia) $32.00.
84 Wakefield/Taylors 2016 St. Andrews, Riesling, Clare Valley 12.5% (Australia) $32.00.
91 Wakefield/Taylors 2015 Reserve Parcel, Shiraz, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $22.00.
89 Wakefield/Taylors 2015 Shiraz, Clare Valley 14% (Australia) $18.00.
91 Wakefield/Taylors 2015 Jaraman, Shiraz, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $22.00.
88 Wakefield/Taylors 2015 Jaraman, Chardonnay, Clare Valley 14% (Australia) $22.00.
88 Wakefield/Taylors 2016 Tempranillo, McLaren Vale 13.5% (Australia) $18.00.
91 Wakefield/Taylors 2015 Reserve Parcel, Shiraz, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $22.00.
92 Wakefield/Taylors 2014 St. Andrews, Shiraz, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $50.00.
89 Wakefield/Taylors 2014 St. Andrews, Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $50.00.
91 Wakefield/Taylors 2015 St. Andrews, Chardonnay, Clare Valley 13.5% (Australia) $32.00.
90 Wakefield/Taylors 2016 Pinot Gris, Adelaide Hills 13% (Australia) $18.00.
87 Wakefield/Taylors 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare Valley 14% (Australia) $18.00.
87 Wakefield/Taylors 2016 Pinot Noir, Adelaide Hills 14% (Australia) $18.00.
89 Wakefield/Taylors 2015 Shiraz, Clare Valley 14% (Australia) $18.00.
92 Wakefield/Taylors 2015 Jaraman, Shiraz, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $22.00.
92 Wakefield/Taylors 2014 Jaraman, Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $22.00.
88 Wakefield/Taylors 2015 Jaraman, Chardonnay, Clare Valley 14% (Australia) $22.00.
85 Wakefield/Taylors 2016 Promised Land, Shiraz, South Australia 14% (Australia) $13.00.
87 Wakefield/Taylors 2015 Reserve Parcel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $22.00.
84 Wakefield/Taylors 2015 Special Release, Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $15.00.
87 Wakefield/Taylors 2015 Special Release, Shiraz, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $15.00.
87 Wakefield/Taylors 2016 Merlot, Clare Valley 14% (Australia) $18.00.
88 Wakefield/Taylors 2016 Shiraz, Clare Valley 14% (Australia) $18.00.
92 Wakefield/Taylors 2014 The Visionary, Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $140.00.
84 Wakefield/Taylors 2016 Jaraman, Chardonnay, Clare Valley 13.5% (Australia) $22.00.
87 Wakefield/Taylors 2015 80 Acres, Shiraz, South Australia 14% (Australia) $14.00.
86 Wakefield/Taylors 2015 80 Acres, Shiraz-Cabernet-Merlot, South Australia 14% (Australia) $14.00.
84 Wakefield/Taylors 2016 Chardonnay, Clare Valley 13.5% (Australia) $18.00.
88 Wakefield/Taylors 2016 Riesling, Clare Valley 12.5% (Australia) $18.00.
90 Wakefield/Taylors 2016 St. Andrews, Riesling, Clare Valley 12.5% (Australia) $32.00.
91 Wakefield/Taylors 2016 Jaraman, Chardonnay, Clare Valley 14% (Australia) $19.00.
92 Wakefield/Taylors 2015 Jaraman, Shiraz, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $22.99.
89 Wakefield/Taylors 2016 Shiraz, Clare Valley 14% (Australia) $19.00.
91 Wakefield/Taylors 2016 Merlot, Clare Valley 14% (Australia) $19.00.
89 Wakefield/Taylors 2016 Jaraman, Pinot Noir, Yarra Valley 13.5% (Australia) $22.99.
91 Wakefield/Taylors 2016 Promised Land, Shiraz, South Australia 14% (Australia) $13.00.
86 Wakefield/Taylors 2016 Promised Land, Cabernet Sauvignon, South Australia 13.5% (Australia) $13.00.
92 Wakefield/Taylors 2015 Reserve Parcel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare Valley 14% (Australia) $19.00.
94 Wakefield/Taylors 2017 Riesling, Clare Valley 12.5% (Australia) $19.00.
88 Wakefield/Taylors 2016 Promised Land, Cabernet - Merlot, South Australia 13.5% (Australia) $13.00.
90 Wakefield/Taylors 2015 Special Release, Shiraz, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $12.99.
90 Wakefield/Taylors 2015 Special Release, Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $12.99.
90 Wakefield/Taylors 2015 Eighty Acres, Shiraz, South Australia 14% (Australia) $15.00.
88 Wakefield/Taylors 2015 Eighty Acres, Cabernet-Shiraz-Merlot, South Australia 14% (Australia) $15.00.
91 Wakefield/Taylors 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare Valley 14% (Australia) $19.00.
91 Wakefield/Taylors 2015 Reserve Parcel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $22.00.
91 Wakefield/Taylors 2016 Shiraz, Clare Valley 14% (Australia) $18.00.
93 Wakefield/Taylors 2015 Jaraman, Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare Valley-Coonawarra 14.5% (Australia) $22.00.
93 Wakefield/Taylors 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare Valley 14% (Australia) $18.00.
84 Wakefield/Taylors 2016 Jaraman, Chardonnay, Adelaide Hills-Clare Valley 14% (Australia) $22.00.
88 Wakefield/Taylors 2016 Reserve Parcel, Shiraz, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $22.00.
90 Wakefield/Taylors 2015 St Andrews, Shiraz, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $50.00.
92 Wakefield/Taylors 2015 St Andrews, Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $50.00.
88 Wakefield/Taylors 2017 Promised Land, Shiraz, South Australia 14% (Australia) $13.00.
89 Wakefield/Taylors 2016 One Giant Leap, Shiraz, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $24.00.
89 Wakefield/Taylors 2016 Special Release, Shiraz, Clare Valley 14% (Australia) $15.00.
93 Wakefield/Taylors 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare Valley 14% (Australia) $18.00.
89 Wakefield/Taylors 2016 Jaraman, Pinot Noir, Yarra Valley 13.5% (Australia) $22.00.
89 Wakefield/Taylors 2017 Tempranillo, McLaren Vale 13.5% (Australia) $18.00.
93 Wakefield/Taylors 2014 The Pioneer Exceptional Parcel Release, Shiraz, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $140.00.
90 Wakefield/Taylors 2017 Riesling, Clare Valley 12.5% (Australia) $18.00.
87 Wakefield/Taylors 2017 St Andrews, Riesling, Clare Valley 12.5% (Australia) $32.00.
93 Wakefield/Taylors 2015 St Andrews, Shiraz, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $50.00.
94 Wakefield/Taylors 2015 St Andrews, Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $50.00.
92 Wakefield/Taylors 2016 Reserve Parcel, Shiraz, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $22.00.
91 Wakefield/Taylors 2016 Jaraman, Shiraz, Clare Valley-McLaren Vale 14.5% (Australia) $22.00.
93 Wakefield/Taylors 2015 Jaraman, Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra-Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $22.00.
91 Wakefield/Taylors 2017 Rosé, Pinot Noir, Adelaide Hills 13% (Australia) $18.00.
88 Wakefield/Taylors 2017 Chardonnay, Clare Valley 13.5% (Australia) $19.00.
89 Wakefield/Taylors 2017 Shiraz, Clare Valley 14% (Australia) $19.00.
91 Wakefield/Taylors 2017 Merlot, Clare Valley 14% (Australia) $19.00.
87 Wakefield/Taylors 2017 Promised Land, Shiraz, South Australia 14% (Australia) $13.00.
93 Wakefield/Taylors 2015 Jaraman, Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra-Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $29.50.
89 Wakefield/Taylors 2017 Pinot Gris, Clare Valley-Adelaide Hills 13% (Australia) $19.00.
85 Wakefield/Taylors 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, Adelaide Hills 13.5% (Australia) $19.00.
88 Wakefield/Taylors 2017 Promised Land, Chardonnay, South Australia 13% (Australia) $13.00.
87 Wakefield/Taylors 2016 Special Release, Shiraz, Clare Valley 14% (Australia) $14.99.
92 Wakefield/Taylors 2017 Reserve Parcel, Shiraz, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $25.00.
90 Wakefield/Taylors 2016 Promised Land , Shiraz-Cabernet, South Australia 14% (Australia) $13.00.
89 Wakefield/Taylors 2017 Shiraz, Clare Valley 14% (Australia) $20.99.
91 Wakefield/Taylors 2017 Merlot, Clare Valley 14% (Australia) $20.99.
87 Wakefield/Taylors 2016 Special Release, Shiraz, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $20.99.
92 Wakefield/Taylors 2017 Reserve Parcel, Shiraz, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $25.00.
88 Wakefield/Taylors 2016 St. Andrews, Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare Valley 14% (Australia) $80.00.
92 Wakefield/Taylors 2016 St. Andrews, Shiraz, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $80.00.
91 Wakefield/Taylors 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare Valley 14% (Australia) $20.99.
91 Wakefield/Taylors 2017 Jaraman, Shiraz, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $30.00.
93 Wakefield/Taylors 2017 St. Andrews, Riesling, Clare Valley 12.5% (Australia) $35.00.
90 Wakefield/Taylors 2017 St. Andrews, Chardonnay, Clare Valley 13% (Australia) $35.00.

Chardonnay

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Serve in a White Wine Glass
Chardonnay is arguably the world’s most famous white variety, thanks to its success in France’s Burgundy region as well as throughout much of California. Chardonnay on its own has rather straightforward, pleasant aromas of apple and pear, but when aged (and sometimes fermented) in small oak barrels, the wines take on extra richness as well as notes of toasted almond, vanilla and yeast.

The most renowned examples of Chardonnay are from small villages and vineyards in Burgundy, such as Chassagne-Montrachet, Puligny-Montrachet and Meursault. These wines are very powerful with ample spicy notes and very good acidity; they age very well, sometimes as long as 20-25 years. Another part of Burgundy, Chablis, is home to more restrained style of Chardonnay. Certain areas of California, especially Russian River Valley in Sonoma and Santa Barbara County are also home to many distinguished examples of Chardonnay, with those from the latter region often displaying tropical fruit flavors.

Given that most Chardonnnays are aged in small oak barrels, there has been a movement as of late to give consumers a mored delicate style of Chardonnay, without all the spicy and toasty flavors. Thus there are now many producers that produce non-oak aged Chardonnays; this has been seen from many producers from Australia as well as a few in California as well.

Chardonnay, especially oak-aged versions, are quite rich and need seafood of equal richness at the dinner table. Thus lobster, halibut and swordfish are ideal food pairings.