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