2011 Wendouree Shiraz Mataro

Established in 1895, Wendouree is heralded in Australia, their wines avidly sought after and collected.  With very old vineyards comprising shiraz, cabernet sauvignon, malbec, mataro and muscat of alexandria, the wines have incredible age-ability.  Even the 100 year old stone winery remains the same since the day it was built.

I haven’t tried many young Wendourees.  Actually, I haven’t tried many old Wendourees either.

With that in mind, I have to admit to deliberating picking this 2011 vintage to open.  The decision was, quite honestly, because of the wines from this vintage (apparently) being a bit ‘sus’, not up to the normal standard.  This was a very pleasant surprise package.

It is a lightish colour, lighter than I expected, but this is not an indication of what is to follow.  Ripe raspberries and spicy cherries say hello immediately with youthful exuberance.

Tasting this wine, again I had certain expectations that were definitely met.  Add a touch of white pepper to the mix of fruit, with some plummy notes filling out the palate nicely, and you have a balanced, elegant wine that may not live as long as other Wendourees but is still an absolute pleasure to drink.

Region: Clare Valley     Price: $45     Source: Mail Order Purchase


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4 Responses to 2011 Wendouree Shiraz Mataro

  1. Not even A P Birks could make a dodgy wine from 2011 vintage!


  2. Reblogged this on Spruiking #ClareValley and commented:
    2011 Vintage might have been a bit suss but A P Birks always has it sussed! Great blog about one of our most notable wines from a fellow blogger.


  3. Julian says:

    Unfortunately I haven’t had the Wendouree, but in terms of the vintage the 2011 Marius Simpatico from McLaren Vale is absolutely amazing.


    • Tony Peters says:

      Cool! Thanks for letting me know. I looked it up and, yep, you’re right. It sounds very good and reasonably priced. Sadly, all their wines are sold out on the web site but I’ll keep an eye out for the 2014 release later this year. Cheers!


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