Full Review

Wakefield/Taylors

Wakefield/Taylors
2016 Merlot, Clare Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Lamb Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: Australia
Alcohol: 14% RS: .3%
91 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$19
Cellar Selection

Wakefield/Taylors
2016 Merlot, Clare Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Lamb Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: Australia
Alcohol: 14% RS: .3%
Deep purple color. Spicy, fruity aromas and flavors of spiced blueberries and vanilla nut fudge with a silky, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, amusing, medium-long cherry creme brulee, chocolate orange peels and nuts, eucalyptus leaf, and peppered beets finish with crunchy, chewy, fine tannins and light oak. A lovely delicate spicy and savory merlot that is a delight to drink.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Oaky, Rich & Full & Savory
Aroma Aroma: spiced blueberries and vanilla nut fudge
Taste Flavor: cherry creme brulee, chocolate orange peels and nuts, eucalyptus leaf, and peppered beets
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years Enjoy on its own
Recipes Pairing: Beef Teriyaki, Lamb Tagine, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A lovely delicate spicy and savory merlot that is a delight to drink.

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.

Merlot

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Serve in a Cabernet Wine Glass
Merlot is a red variety that is loved by consumers, yet often shunned by certain wine gurus and critics, as they perceive these wines as “little sisters” to the more powerful Cabernet Sauvignon. Yet on its own, the best examples of Merlot are multi-layered, complex wines that are among the finest in the world.

Merlot has many similar flavors to Cabernet Sauvignon, especially with its cherry and plum fruit, but is has fewer, less sharp tannins than Cabernet Sauvignon. Many producers whether in Bordeaux, America, Chile or elsewhere, often blend small percentages of Merlot into Cabernet Sauvignon to lessen the tannic bitterness of the latter.

A few districts in France’s Bordeaux region, namely Pomerol, are home to the greatest examples of Merlot. Chateau Petrus is the world’s most famous example of Merlot, a powerful wine that ages beautifully for 30 or 40 years in the best vintages. There are also celebrated examples from American, especially in Washington’s Walla Walla valley as well as in Napa Valley in California. Merlot is also very successful in Chile, New Zealand and even in certain part of Italy.

Merlot pairs best with foods such as lamb or veal, but it also sought out by consumers to accompany steaks and roast when they want a rounder, more elegant red wine.