The old vines of Wendouree, half planted in 1919, furnish an integrity, a finely mineral tannin structure and a savoury fruit presence that define one of Australia's greatest sparkling reds. Black plum, black cherry and even strawberry fruit of medium-bodied restraint is underlined by magnificently toned and effortlessly harmonious structure that speaks of the calm confidence of these grand old vines. Magnificent.
ADELAIDE HILLSLocated to the east of Adelaide,the Adelaide Hills is part of the Mount Lofty Ranges. Considered a cool-climate region, most vineyards are situated at elevations between 450 to 550 metres. Rainfall is relatively high and spring frosts often pose problems. Hot northerly winds also make bush fires a real threat in the region. Adelaide Hills is a jigsaw of meso-climates, with the best vineyards centred around Piccadilly Valley and Lenswood in protected sites facing north or north-east. Soils are derived from schistic and sedimentary rock; typically well-drained sandy loams over red clay interspersed with schistic gravels. A premium wine-growing region, Adelaide Hills is best known for crisp, lively Sauvignon Blanc and elegant cool climates styles of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Shiraz.