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WENDOUREE Cabernet Sauvignon 1996

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WENDOUREE Cabernet Sauvignon 1996

WENDOUREE Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare Valley
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WENDOUREE Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare Valley
  • Style: Red
  • Vintage: 1996
  • Region: Clare Valley
  • Code: BWCS
  • Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Country: Australia

Region Clare Valley

The Clare Valley

The Clare Valley is located two hours north of Adelaide in the Mount Lofty ranges. The region was settled by John Horrocks who encouraged his servant James Green to plant the first vines in 1842. Climate in the Clare Valley is continental with hot summers, cold winters and low rainfall that necessitates supplementary irrigation. Soils in the valley are predominantly red brown loams over shale, permitting excellent drainage. Many of the best vineyards are located at higher elevations of 400-500m on sites that take advantage of the cool breezes that funnel up the corrugation of hills from the south. The Clare Valley is renowned for its zesty fruit-pure Rieslings particularly from the sub-regions of Polish Hill and Watervale. The region also produces intense age-worthy sturdy reds from Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz.

Winery WENDOUREE

Wendouree is a great small Australian producer with an important cultural and historical identity. The unirrigated vineyards were first planted in 1893 on the easterly ridge towards the northern end of Clare. Much of the original vineyard, winery and even some of the original winemaking equipment, are still in service. Roly Birks, who put up his winemaking boots after 60 vintages, continued winemaking at Wendouree until 1983. Lita and Tony Brady, now veteran winemakers of nearly forty vintages, purchased the venerable property in 1974. The Wendouree style is strongly recognisable with an emphasis on fruit power, concentration and weight. Although best known for Shiraz, Wendouree also produces spellbindingly good, but idiosyncratic, Shiraz Malbec, Shiraz Mataro, Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon.