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Wendouree Shiraz

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Wendouree Shiraz

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Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
Exceptionally elegant, focused and shapely, this finely balanced and long-living shiraz has a fragrant, spicy bouquet of briary cassis, blackberry and blueberry fruit backed by a smoky note of Sichuan pepper, fresh cedar/ chocolate/vanilla oak and a hint of graphite. Its deep, almost pastille-like dark berry fruit delivers emphatic varietal intensity, knits tightly with fresh oak and a firmish, drying undercarriage and moves seamlessly down the palate towards a finish of great length and freshness. A wine for the ages
The Australian Wine Annual 2013 2012
96
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Bright, clear crimson; a super-elegant and refined Shiraz, with black cherry, blood plum and blackberry fruit to the fore; the tannins do make their presence felt on the finish, as does a touch of French oak, but neither threatens the balance of the wine. WAK
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition 2013
95
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Medium crimson-purple; a complex bouquet with black fruits, spice and earth introduces a medium-bodied palate with great mouthfeel and even greater length; the flavours promised by the bouquet are all there in a synergistic display, asking the question, is the sense of place or the purity of varietal expression the most admirable? The problem is the answer changes each time you come back to the wine. Three immaculate corks, perfectly inserted, give the '08 Wendourees a good chance of reaching at least half their natural life span.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
96
Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says
Charmingly elegant, smooth and supple, this pristine and finely balanced shiraz has a heady bouquet of violets, cassis, raspberries and blackberries backed by fresh cedar/vanilla oak and lifted by scents of white pepper and rose garden-like aromas. With a fine, bony spine of powdery tannins tightly would around its pure presence of dark and red berries, redcurrants and dark plums, chocolate/vanilla oak, it finishes with excellent length and freshness.
The Australian Wine Annual 2012
96
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Purple-crimson; much better clarity than the Malbec; strong black berry and licorice aromas lead directly into a firm, though medium-bodied, palate; has the energy, thrust and length missing from the Malbec, yet is exceptionally elegant, reflecting its low alcohol. Is one of those rare wines that get better sip by sip (or mouthful). Postscript: I wrote those words before referring back to the identical comment made about the '05
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
97
Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says
A superlative and evenly ripened wine from this hot vintage, with a deep, dark and brooding bouquet whose deep blackberry and dark plum aromas overlie dusty vanilla oak and suggestions of mint, menthol and cloves. Richly textured and sumptuously flavoured, it's concentrated and brooding, revealing layers of black and red berry fruit, dark plums and firm, loose-knit tannin culminating in a long, persistent and licorice-like finish.
Australian Wine Annual 2008 2007
95
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
More refined and intense than the '03, with great strength of line, and excellent balance; the breadth of fruit flavours is slightly finer and more supple than the '02, but not as intense.
To 2034
Australian Wine Companion 2008
96
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
Heady floral notes and suggestions of clove and cinnamon-like spices overlie a brooding bouquet whose aromas of blackberries, blueberries, cassis and dark plums are tightly knit with fine-grained oak. Framed by firm, powdery tannin, it unfolds layers of searingly intense and slightly sour edged, juicy plum and berry fruit backed by spicy, minty nuances and restrained oak. Very firm and astringent, it is already very approachable, entirely natural and finely balanced.
2024-2023+
Australian Wine Annual 2007
97
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Medium- to full-bodied; intense and powerful, but the tannins are already amazingly well-knit; blackberry fruit; beautiful line and length, and a great finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
96
Jeremy Oliver (2002 Vintage) says
A classic Clare Valley shiraz steeped in deep, slightly minty aromas of blackberries, blueberries, plums and cassis, with a background of spice and restrained vanilla oak. Long, firm and powerfully structured, its palate is saturated with intense small berry flavours over nuances of chocolate mint and menthol, framed by fine-grained tannins. A fine marriage of power and elegance.
Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
97

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