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Wendouree Shiraz Mataro

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Wendouree Shiraz Mataro

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Jeremy Oliver (2011 Vintage) says
Medium to full-bodied, with a slightly meaty, herbal and faintly mineral bouquet or blackberries with briary notes of cranberry and cassis and a hint of dark plum backed by nutty, cedary oak. It's forward and slightly gamey, with meaty, raisiny flavours of plums and berries extending with moderate richness towards a slightly thin and menthol-like finish of dried herbs and tomato stalk. Marginally hollow, it will flesh out but does refect a challenging season.
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition 2014
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
Likely to build over the next decade, this fine, supple blend has a lightly spicy and musky fragrance of red cherries, redcurrants and dusty, cedary vanilla oak lifted by a hint of cassis and a fresh note of dried herbs. Full to medium-bodied, with a fine, drying undercarriage supporting its restrained, mouthfilling presence of dark and red cherries, berries, red plums and restrained oak, it finishes fresh and savoury, with lingering suggestions of of spice and dried herbs.
The Australian Wine Annual 2013 2012
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
Elegant, lean and supple, with a floral, lightly herbal and minty bouquet of red berries, plums and meaty undertones lifted by scents of pepper, spice and musk. Medium to full-bodied, it's long, finely crafted and fine-grained, with a restrained, sweet but lively presence of red berries plums and restrained oak underpinned by fine, dusty tannins. It finishes long and savoury, with a refreshing acidity.
The Australian Wine Annual 2012
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Light, bright and clear crimson-purple; an immaculately balanced and structured blend, no more than medium-bodied, but with intense cherry and plum fruit wrapped in a veil of silky tannins. DonÕt be fooled; this wine will live for decades. WAK
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition 2013
Tyson Stelzer (2008 Vintage) says
A sense of calm control from bigger-berried, softer-tannined (by Wendouree standards) shiraz fruit. Focused red berry and plum fruit makes way for nutmeg spice and lifted violet perfume. Savoury, earthy finish with lingering olive and dried herb notes. Honed and structured; drying tannins demand a decade to soften.
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Full red-purple; rich and luscious dark berry fruits and some meaty characters run through the full-bodied palate, the tannins ripe and plentiful. A robust wine needing at least five years before you touch it.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Slightly lighter colour than the Shiraz, but similar brilliant hue; the mataro/mourvedre tannins are evident, but not trenchantly so; nonetheless, needs 5-10 years to fully unfurl its sails.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says
Long, fine-grained, supple and seamless, this very regional blend reveals briary, kirsch-like flavours of blackberries, redcurrants, plums and cherries backed by nuances of underbrush and dried herbs, white pepper and menthol, mint and eucalypt backed by dusty cedar, clove and vanilla oak. It's firm and chalky, with deep, slightly sappy and sour-edged black and red berry/plum fruit that becomes smoother and more polished with aeration.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
Profoundly true to its terroir, this rustic, meatyblack-fruited blend marries intense, minty fruit with sweet oak and powerful, but pliant tannins. There's a hint of menthol beneath its juicy aromas of blackberries, redcurrants and dark plums, while its open, loose-knit palate is both vibrant and concentrated. It's long, finely balanced and integrated, with charming earthy undertones.
Australian Wine Annual 2008 2007
Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says
Dusty and slightly meaty, its fragrance of spicy redcurrants plums and blackberries, with restrained cedar/vanilla undertones has a perfumed, floral quality. Full-bodied, firm and linear its chewy palate of meaty, dark-fruited and earthy influences overlies a powerful, rod-like and mouth-coating spine of bony tannin It finishes long and savoury, with lightly herbal undertones.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
Jeremy Oliver (2002 Vintage) says
Very stylish and elegant, with juicy brightness and texture. Its ripe, almost jujube-like aromas of cassis, sweet plums and violets are backed by restrained oak and whiff of mint. Sumptuous and smooth, its supple, willowy and tightly controlled palate bursts with intense cassis, plum and chocolate flavour. Long and seamless, it's framed by velvet-smooth but firm tannins and enhanced by dusty vanilla oak. Terrific complexity and balance.
Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
Jeremy Oliver (2001 Vintage) says
A smooth, polished and very concentrated red with a spicy, violet-like perfume of sweet plums, cassis and mint over smoky nuances of mocha. Very ripe, fractionally cooked and currant-like it's round and concentrated, lifted by smooth and polished tannins, but just ends a fractional flat at the finish.
Australian Wine Annual 2005 2004
James Halliday (1996 Vintage) says
Medium to full purple-red; the bouquet is stylish, with berry, earthy, mint and leaf aromas, the palate again showing some minty notes and an exceptionally long finish — supported, needless to say, by abundant tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 1999 1998

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