Bright crimson-purple hue; for me this is usually the first among equals in the Wendouree portfolio, and it may become a common refrain, but Tony Brady has captured every facet of the great 2012 vintage. The texture and structure effortlessly frame the gently spicy, fragrant black fruits of the bouquet and medium-bodied palate; the line, balance and length are sheer perfection. 98 points, Wine Companion.
Malty, nutty hazelnut, bright perfumed red fruits, some mint. Medium bodied, dried sage and red fruit, very pure acidity and great shape. Pretty firm and very vibrant. Length is terrific. One for the ages, at present, all cheekbones and style.
95 points, The Wine Front (May 2014)
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.