Cabernet sauvignon, malbec and shiraz from 1919 and '75 plantings on the Eastern and Central Vineyards. A nigh-on perfect vintage for this blend, particularly the two headline components, the shiraz falling into line without even a hint of displeasure. The result is a medium-bodied wine with cassis and red berries offset by some blackberry building complexity and complementing the cabernet tannins.
95 points, Wine Companion (March 2018)
Wonderful. Smells like a bag of licorice all sorts, or a little like that fancy pastis I bought the other day for $100, though it’s tempered with dark chocolate, ripe blackberry and plum, roses and violet, pencils and biscuit oak. Medium bodied, thick and tannic, but kind of supple and delicious too, with a rose oil mouth-perfume, and then, a fair bit of Cabernet lash and strictness through the finish. And just when you thought you’d escaped unscathed, whoosh, whoop, crack – you’ve been tamed. Wonderful Wendouree.
95 points, The Wine Front (August 2017)
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.