29/03/2015 – Wakefield, Promised Land Shiraz Cabernet 2013

Wakefield, Promised Land Shiraz Cabernet 2013, Australia
Though Wakefield wines is based in the Clare Valley, this excellent entry level Syrah is designated ‘South Australia’ so fruit could come from anywhere across that larger region. It has a nose that’s flooded with copious cassis, plum and ripe black fruit, but a lovely oak handling with cedary and tobacco touches. Only 13.5% alcohol helps give a fine natural balance, good freshness on the palate with enough spice and chocolate richness, but a roughening edge of auhentic tannin to give this a certain honesty. Balanced and savoury in an almost Bordeaux-like style, it offer extremely good quality at the price. Watch the video for more information, a map and food-matching suggestions. 88/100, 7.50, The Wine Society