Deep crimson. Intense aniseed/menthol/licorice blackberry aromas with rusty nuances. Strongly flavoured wine with deep licorice/blackberry/mulberry fruit, fine iron-like tannins, finishing very firm and tight. Langton's (2002).
No alcohol percentage mentioned on the label but you’d wager that in a year like 1998 it would be up around 15% or so. That being said, amazing how it took the warm year in its stride. Seems Wendouree manages to tackle all weather, yet still be reflective of place and time. It’s a full, bold shiraz, still, amazingly, showing some freshness of fruit and vitality… Typical and great scents of ripe berry compote, gum leaf, Aussie bush, warm bricks, licorice. It’s notable for its sniff of Chinese fivespice and mint character, but it never overwhelms. Supple as all get out in palate – a lush flow of mocha-powder-tinged dark berry fruits, dried fruits, inky character, licked with herbs and pepper notes. Flows so long, richly, but with a lift. It’s a beautiful, full, defiantly Australian wine in its prime. Drink to 2025+ 94 points, WineFront (1/2016).
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.