A. P. Birks

Wendouree Shiraz 2001

Quite dense crimson in colour for its age. Notes of Menthol/Eucalyptus and aniseed typical of Wendouree. A full bodied palate- earthy, berry, mineral with a tarry note. Might be a 19 year old wine but there is so much latent energy and power it will go on for some years yet. I will drink my last one in 2 to 3 years and if I have the willpower should be 4 to 5 years. Will go the distance. — 16 days ago

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@Ira Schwartz Yes I realised you meant Wendouree. Surprised that any bottles made their way to the US. Good to see.
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@@Bob McDonald it was in the early 2000’s . My guess they were buying random bottles from Australian collectors who may have relocated to LA.
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Probably right Ira.


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. — 5 months ago

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Shiraz Mataro 2015

It's a 10 to take a bit of attention please
Just for fun and a bit of enjoyable exchange I am starting a wine Instagram page to discuss what we like and express what we love: Wine!!
The above two were to celebrate a lovely evening home with my wife
Wendouree Shiraz Mataro2015 was a 9.3 plumpy with blueberry and red apples, white pepper and coriander seeds
Smooth, long
Hunter cabernets from Lakes Folly 2014
9.4plus you feel the oaka bit, bit it's vibrant with raspberry, red plums, tobacco, cigars box,
Long and so silky, but still refreshing

Thanks anyone that wants to join in at Vignetowine too

Cheers!! 🥂🥂
— 6 months ago

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A. P. Birks

Wendouree Malbec 2013

Surprisingly shy and restrained. Feels like it needs a lot more time to open up. It has a medium weight elegance. There’s a sense of latent power but for now it’s simply soft and approachable with a good bit of tannin structure on the finish. — 4 days ago

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A. P. Birks

Wendouree Cabernet Sauvignon 2001

Aromas of mint, camphor, plums - some red florals. On the palate vibrant and powerful at 19 years of age - just hitting its straps! Full bodied brilliance from Cabernet Sauvignon vines which are relatively young on Wendouree standards planted in 1971 and 2002. Wonderful depth and persistence with that marvellous tannin structure. — 4 months ago

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@Jeroen Koenen Yes very lucky. Even in Australia difficult to obtain. I was on the mailing list ages ago. Tony Brady sells all of his production via the Mailing List every year.
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Now you talking, Bob. Another Aussie treasure. How was the 01 vintage down under?
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@Ron R I think it was pretty good in SA (unlike 2000). 2001 was exceptional in Margaret River.

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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. — 5 months ago

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Wendouree Clare Valley Shiraz Malbec 2010

Opened yesterday in one of those days that you only feel like a sip. That was lucky; today is showing much more focused, the fruit is crunchy, appealing and fresh. Spices and hints of balsamic. I couldn't work out how quickly was gone...then I realised my wife was happier than me😆. Shiraz and malbec pair outstandingly at Wendouree. Great tannin as usual and long. — 3 months ago

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Shiraz Malbec 2004

Minty by delicious — 4 months ago


Shiraz 2012

Spectacular Shiraz from a great region! Picked this up whilst down under and glad I did! Stood up to smoky barbecue! — 5 months ago


Clare Valley Cabernet Malbec 1998

Still a deep Ruby for the age of 22 years. Stacks of Menthol on nose and palate - like a bag of mothballs. The menthol overpowers the cassis and dark chocolate. Still full bodied and powerful. Grainy tannins with medium length. An impressive experience but must admit I don’t admire Wendouree as much as some fans of the label. Would be easy to pick in any Cabernet lineup tasted blind. — 5 months ago

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I really need to find a bottle of this at some point in life...
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@Severn Goodwin Would be rare in the US I would imagine Severn. It pretty much sells out to mail order subscribers in Australia. I used to be on the mailing list but got off and transferred to my brother who buys a few dozen every year and I take a few bottles yearly which is enough for me.