If there’s anything in particular I really like about Wendouree, then it’s their Malbec. Blackcurrant, boysenberry, a fair layer of cedar oak, aniseed, and that blue coloured thing going on – violets and blue skinned plums. Medium to full bodied, clearly defined with firm powdery, almost milky tannin, some subtle astringency on the finish, but all up a very good wine. It’s maybe the best, most complete, red I’ve tasted from this South Australian vintage.
93 points, Gary Walsh (September 2013)
A brighter and lighter expression with some eucalypt and what I call dry Australian bush character of leaves, bark and wild grasses. This is sitting firmly in the red fruit spectrum. The palate starts out very fine and supple on entry, tannins build through red fruit and licorice flavor; there’s creeping length here, holding elegant and long.
94 points, Nick Stock (January 2015)
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.