Shiraz 2001

Dense dark Ruby - call it black. Ripe plum, dark chocolate and the trademark menthol/eucalypt notes. Rich and full bodied. If you were blind tasting this you would never say this was 21 years old. After a while in the decanter red fruits became apparent - the profound intensity remained. A freak of a wine from vineyards, some of which date back to the 1890s. — a month ago

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@Ceccherini Cristiano I remember you had some old beauties when you were in Melbourne.
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@Bob McDonald indeed!! I have just a few back with me in Italy, but i am treasuring them since i have no idea when i will be back downunder to restock😢
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@Bob McDonald indeed!! I have just a few back with me in Italy, but i am treasuring them since i have no idea when i will be back downunder to restock😢


The Signature Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz 2006

Lunch with friends on Saturday. Excellent as always. See previous notes. Yalumba’s premium red from a good vintage. A classic Cabernet Shiraz from the Barossa. Preferred by most over the 2002 Wendouree Cabernet Malbec. — a year ago

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A. P. Birks

Wendouree Malbec 1991

I've always wanted to taste an old malbec from them
Still embarrassingly young and fresh
Kaleidoscopic nose
Hard to describe mouthful
We start with eucalyptus, then berries of any kind, from raspberry to blueberries or blackcurrant
Leather, cinnamon, star anise, soya, graphite, gunpowder, coriander, curry
Intensity, vibrancy and length
I honestly am so bloody curious to see this in decades
I keep thinking of Bordeaux when I drink Wendouree maybe cause they freeze the time
It starts the hunt for more
— 3 years ago

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Shiraz Mataro 2011

From the disappointing wet 2011 vintage in South Australia where many producers did not produce a wine, but, typically with old vine fruit from Wendouree, this showed well. Quite ripe considering the vintage, yet medium weight palate - liquorice and spice notes with excellent intensity. Those old vines cover a multitude of sins like a cold wet vintage. 11 years is rather young for a Wendouree but given the vintage this was very polished. Has enough guts to have another 5+ years in the cellar. — 2 months ago

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AP Birks Muscat of Alexandria

Surprisingly delicate and fresh, with a lovely clean finish. Not excessively sweet, instead being refreshing with its fruits and florals, a nice punctuation mark on the evening. — 6 months ago

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Gaia Clare Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2010

Very deep crimson in colour. More cassis than tomato bush - throw in some mint and liquorice. Medium to full bodied yet with great intensity in this excellent Clare Valley Cabernet: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc. Thankfully (IMO) no overt Clare Valley menthol (like Wendouree can be). Palate has lovely black currant flavours with fine persistent tannins. Jeffrey Grosset is better known for his award winning Rieslings but has made a beauty with this Cabernet. Has the fortitude to go another 10 years if so desired. — 2 years ago

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A. P. Birks

Wendouree Cabernet Sauvignon 1986

Charles Antin

Eucalyptus and mint. — 3 years ago

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A. P. Birks

Wendouree Clare Valley Shiraz Malbec 1998

24 years old and still brick red and vibrant. The nose is unmistakably Malbec but the Cabernet sings on the long palate. The depth of flavor is remarkable with soft grippy tannins shining. — 3 months ago


Clare Valley Cabernet Malbec 2001

A strong menthol/eucalypt note on nose and palate. Amazingly youthful, virile and energetic for a 21 year old wine. Full bodied on the palate showing that minty eucalyptus and blackberry. Tannins still strong, persistent and a little granular. I’ve said this before with Wendouree that these wines show more regional characters than varietal specifics. Many of Wendouree’s Cuvées have this strong menthol/eucalypt character regardless of the varietal or blend. In summary very Australian and many more years ahead. — 6 months ago

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Did this need a decant?
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Definitely. Plenty of sediment.

Atlas Wines

429º Clare Valley Shiraz 2013

Woody Oaky notes with Blackberry and menthol/eucalypt aromas like a typical Clare Valley Shiraz best exemplified by Wendouree for the menthol. On the palate oodles of Blackberry and briar. Full bodied and rich with sweet fruit flavours and softening mellow chocolatey tannins. A typical South Australian Shiraz - in this case Clare Valley. — 2 years ago

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