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 Cabernet Malbec 2016

    Wendouree Cabernet Malbec 2016

    Region: SA- Clare Valley

    97 POINTS - WINEFRONT!  96 POINTS - JAMES HALLIDAY!     "Exemplary release here. It’s dense and chewy, but light on its feet. The churn of graphite tannin is something to behold. Some rose and musk perfume, plum, red and...

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  • Wendouree Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

    Wendouree Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

    Region: SA- Clare Valley

    94+ POINTS - WINE FRONT!     Supple, succulent red of shapely, firm ribbons of tannin, powdery finish, loaded with jolly-jellied plum and blackberries, green herb, pepper, mint and coarse minerally feel. Cassis and dried flowers in...

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  • Wendouree Malbec 2017

    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 Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

    Wendouree Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

    Region: SA- Clare Valley

    93+ POINTS - WINE FRONT!   "Not a great year for Wendouree, even the colour tells a tale, but great vineyards and producers invariably turn out good wines. Blackcurrant, mocha, mint and aniseed, cedar, some floral perfume. Medium-bodied, intense...

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  • Wendouree Malbec 2016

    Wendouree Malbec 2016

    Region: SA- Clare Valley

    "A 50/50% blend from the 1919 and 1920 Eastern Vineyards. Excellent colour, as for all the '16 Wendourees. Bright, juicy plummy fruit with red berries also pushing forward; it's lithe and sinuous, flying the flag of elegance high in the sky. The...

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  • Wendouree Shiraz-Mataro 2016

    Wendouree Shiraz-Mataro 2016

    Region: SA- Clare Valley

    96 POINTS - JAMES HALLIDAY!  93 POINTS - WINE FRONT!     "A 60/40% blend from the 1893 Central, 1919 Eastern and 1920 Eastern (bushvine) Vineyards. At once rounder and more earthy, the change of expression turning on fruit, not...

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  • Wendouree Shiraz-Malbec 2016

    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...

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  • Wendouree Shiraz-Mataro 2015

    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 Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

    Wendouree Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

    Region: SA- Clare Valley

    96 POINTS - WINE FRONT!    "It’s the Clare bush perfume of eucalyptus, aniseed and the like, along with fresh blackberry and blackcurrant, cedar and dusty earth. It often smells like a dry Australian forest after the rain has hit...

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