Celebrated Clare Valley winery Wakefield Taylors Family Wines has inaugurated the Family Flagship Release, a special collection of seven bottlings that underpin and showcase the successes enjoyed by them since their founding in 1969.
The lauded South Australian producer unveiled the collection via a series of virtual and in-person events around the world, telling the story of how their team of award-winning winemakers continues pushing boundaries and strives for excellence with every wine they produce throughout the family winery’s 50-year history.
The seven wines that make up the collection come from four different vintages, and are all crafted with the winery’s insistence on extremely careful fruit selection and sorting in mind. This ensures that all Wakefield Taylors Family Wines exude that signature elegantly intense style.
Most of the grapes used come from within Clare Valley, including fruit grown on the family’s estate in Auburn, which they heavily invested in throughout the years in pursuit of greater innovation and quality with their wines.
A highlight has got to be the Wakefield The Legacy 2015, the second vintage release of Wakefield Taylors Family Wines’ pinnacle wine, which celebrates the family winery’s founding purpose – to craft a new world wine that could stand tall against the iconic wines of the old world.
2015 was an exceptional year for them, with grapes being abundant in yield and coveted characteristics. The collection boasts three vinos from that bountiful harvest.
Other vintages featured in the Family Flagship Release includes selections from the 2018, 2019, and 2022 harvests from their benchmark St. Andrews range.
“It’s inspiring to see how far our winery has come since my grandfather first set foot in the Clare Valley to start our family on this incredible journey,” says Mitchell Taylor, the winery’s third-generation Winemaker & Managing Director.
“From our first estate wines in the early 70s to now releasing a collection of wines that showcase the depth and diversity of our winemaking skill, it’s a humbling and exciting experience.”