Bright crimson, slightly deeper/more purple than the other '09s. Wendouree occupies a truly unique site that sets its wines apart from all others in the Clare Valley, but none more so than its cabernet, which has all the attributes of high quality, cool-grown cabernet. This is a very convincing wine, with great precision, length and balance.
96 points, James Halliday (May 2012)
Blackcurrant, mint, cedar wood, aromatic with serious gum and bay leaf action. There’s a sort of toasted Brazil nut character to smell too. It’s very firm and sinewy, with almost stringy tannin, but there’s tight control and impact right the way through to the grainy tannic finish. There’s some stalkiness and bitterness that’s not off-putting, but most certainly present -think dried herb and black tea. It’s bloody long though, with sweet red fruit to temper the assault. Confronting as a young wine. Let it be.
93+ points, Gary Walsh (October 2011)
The Clare ValleyThe 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.