An 80/20% blend from 1893 plantings (Central Vineyard), 1919 (Eastern), and 1920 (Eastern) bushvines. Purely in terms of weight, and not flavour, this has a lighter body than the Shiraz or Cabernet Malbec. The youngest vines were 95yo at the time of vintage, and all the vines producing all or any grapes incorporated in Wendouree's wines are in prime condition for such ancient vines. There's a silky patina on entry into the mouth, then there is a relentless build-up of purple and black fruits, and the rippling muscle of tannins. Great wine from a great vintage.
97 points, Wine Companion (March 2018)
Toasted hazelnuts and chocolate, red fruits, mint and cut fennel, floral perfume, and just parking all those descriptors, it’s just a really good wine to get your nose into, and inhale deeply. Not Dennis Hopper style in Blue Velvet — that would be strange — but more a stop-and-smell-the-roses kind of deal. Medium bodied, nutty and perfumed, red fruits and freshness, fine pumice stone tannin, a salt and sage seasoning gives it a bit of extra stuffing, and a clean boysenberry and spice finish of wonderful length finishes it off. So much character. So much goodness.
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.