Wendouree

5 Star Winery - Halliday Wine Companion

"Exceptional" (Shiraz), "Outstanding" (Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Malbec, Shiraz Malbec, Shiraz Mataro) - Langton's Fine Wine Classification IV

"Wendouree vineyards date back to 1893 and its limited production, high quality, unique wines have a reputation for lasting indefinitely. They have achieved a kind of local (Australian) cult status amongst wine drinkers in the know. They are not available retail, the mailing list is the only way to buy them on release and the mailing list remains one of the hardest to get on in Australia." - Wickmans

"An iron fist in a velvet glove best describes these extraordinary wines. They are fashioned with commitment from the very old vineyard... with its unique terroir, by Tony and Lita Brady, who rightly see themselves as custodians of a priceless treasure. The 100+-year-old stone winery is virtually unchanged from the day it was built; this is in every sense a treasure beyond price. Wendouree has never made any comment about its wines, but the subtle shift from the lighter end of full- bodied to the fuller end of medium-bodied seems to be a permanent one (always subject to the dictates of the vintage)." - James Halliday

"For many lovers of big Australian red wines the discussion begins and ends with Wendouree. Truly exceptionally cellar-worthy, these full bodied and gripping red wines are the result of extremely low yields from the very old, unirrigated vines of Shiraz, Malbec, Mataro (Mourvèdre), and Cabernet Sauvignon, many of them growing on untrellised bush-vines... (Wendouree is) a place of honest, old fashioned, careful and artisan wine making where no short cuts are taken, ever."  - Franz Scheurer

 

  • Wendouree Malbec 2017

    Region: SA- Clare Valley

    "The story of Wendouree began in the Clare Valley in 1893. It is about two families who have worked continuously ever since, living alongside the vineyard in a mini-valley out of sight from the Main North Road and making the wines in a small stone winery"

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  • Wendouree Shiraz 2016

    Region: SA- Clare Valley

    Wine Front 96 Points! "From 1893 and 1919 plantings. Amazing history, and while I’m perhaps not the biggest flag waver for Australian (red) wines, by God we’ve got some treasures to be, erm, treasured. Chocolate, coffee and a sweet earthiness,...

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  • Wendouree Shiraz-Malbec 2016

    Region: SA- Clare Valley

    Wine Front 94+ Points! "A 50/50 split on the grapes, and 1919 and 1920 plantings. Pleasing symmetry. Good wine this, and while I prefer the synergy of Cabernet and Malbec, Shiraz can fill the dance card competently. Has something of a bloody...

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  • Wendouree Shiraz-Mataro 2016

    Region: SA- Clare Valley

    "Here be 60% Shiraz and 40% Mataro from 1893 Central, 1919 Eastern, and 1920 Eastern bush vines. History. I love the meaty hazelnut thing that Mataro brings to the table, and that umami character is strong here. Blackberry, some spice, mint chocolate,...

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  • Wendouree Shiraz-Malbec 2015

    Region: SA- Clare Valley

    Wine Front 95 points!“A 56/44 split between Shiraz and Malbec from 1919 and 1920 plantings. If the straight Shiraz is a bit too strict, then this Shiraz Malbec is the one you turn to for a bit of a cuddle. Plum, flowers, chocolate, aniseed and cedar...

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  • Wendouree Shiraz-Mataro 2015

    Region: SA- Clare Valley

    James Halliday 97 Points! "Purely in terms of weight, and not flavour, this has a lighter body than the Shiraz or Cabernet Malbec. The youngest vines were 95yo at the time of vintage, and all the vines producing all or any grapes incorporated in...

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  • Wendouree Malbec 2014

    Region: SA- Clare Valley

      "This is a most impressive, statuesque red with abundant bay leaf, dried herb, walnut and spice aromas. The core of sweet, ripe fruit is surrounded by a mass of savoury, drying but supple tannins. An oustanding wine, which will be very...

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