"A 50/50 split on the grapes, and 1919 and 1920 plantings. Pleasing symmetry. Well, here we are, the last of the six Wendouree releases (we don’t mention the Muscat) now done. Likely I’ve rushed through them, though relative to some, I’ve taken a fair amount of time. And anyway, people carry on like pork chops about decanting and the like, but I’m arrogant/confident enough to call it fast, and early.
Good wine this, and while I prefer the synergy of Cabernet and Malbec, Shiraz can fill the dance card competently. Has something of a bloody character, along with rose and dried flowers, and for the poor Malbec perhaps a case of ‘Everyone has a plan until they’re punched in the face’ (by Shiraz) courtesy of Tyson (not Stelzer, but Mike). Blackberry, a saline character here, certainly the steak and spice, camphor comes through too, and a bit of coffee and earth. Supple but dry tannin. Richness, depth, and a certain oomph. Rugged rather than suave, but a very good wine it is. More to come."
94+ points, Gary Walsh, July 2018.
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.