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WENDOUREE Shiraz, Clare Valley 1992

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WENDOUREE Shiraz, Clare Valley 1992

A spectacularly individual wine, Wendouree Shiraz typically possesses a core of blackberry/ black olive aromas with complex iodine, wet bitumen, animal hide characters. The low-yielding beautifully formed old Shiraz vines, tortured and serpentine (many from the original plantings), are unique, producing small berries with thick skins and a very high seed content. The fruit is vinified in stainless steel lined open fermenters. Maturation takes place in roughly 20% new oak for around a year. Although there is clarity and buoyancy of fruit on the palate, the tannins are rusty and vice-like. It has been described as "an iron fist in velvet glove" type wine. Bottled under screw cap from the 2009 vintage.
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A spectacularly individual wine, Wendouree Shiraz typically possesses a core of blackberry/ black olive aromas with complex iodine, wet bitumen, animal hide characters. The low-yielding beautifully formed old Shiraz vines, tortured and serpentine (many from the original plantings), are unique, producing small berries with thick skins and a very high seed content. The fruit is vinified in stainless steel lined open fermenters. Maturation takes place in roughly 20% new oak for around a year. Although there is clarity and buoyancy of fruit on the palate, the tannins are rusty and vice-like. It has been described as "an iron fist in velvet glove" type wine. Bottled under screw cap from the 2009 vintage.
  • Style: Shiraz/Syrah
  • Vintage: 1992
  • Region: Clare Valley
  • Code: BWS
  • Varietal: Shiraz
  • 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.
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