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Wendouree Shiraz 2012

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    The Wendouree, crafted by Tony and Lita Brady, remains a true representation of its origins since the vines were first planted by Alfred Percy Birks in 1893. Considered by many as one of Australia's greatest Shirazes, this wine is made from low-yielding, beautifully formed old vines, many of which are from the original plantings. The vineyard is managed with low-input viticulture and the winemaking process is laissez-faire, allowing the wine to truly speak of its place. Wendouree wines are renowned for their exceptional quality and rich heritage, with the celebrated Wendouree Shiraz standing out as a true gem. This wine is derived from the estate's original 1893 plantings, believed to be genetic material from the original James Busby collection. Located on an easterly ridge towards the northern edge of the Clare Valley, the unirrigated Wendouree vineyards have shallow, meagre soils with red loam over limestone. The low-yielding old shiraz vines produce small berries with thick skins and a high seed content, resulting in a wine with exceptional depth and complexity. Despite its reputation and heritage, there are remarkably few older bottles of Wendouree wines in circulation. This can be attributed to the way the wines were sold until 1974, when they were sold in bulk and bottled and marketed by merchants, resulting in blended and single varietal shiraz wines being almost never seen. Wendouree wines are a testament to the quality of the vineyards and the winemakers' dedication to crafting exceptional wines. The Wendouree Shiraz, in particular, showcases the unique terroir of the Clare Valley and the heritage of the original James Busby collection, making it a true standout among Australian wines.

    The Clare Valley wine region is located in South Australia and is known for producing exceptional Riesling wines, as well as other varietals such as Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache and Chardonnay. The region's vineyards are planted on shallow, meagre soils with red loam over limestone, contributing to the unique terroir of the wines. The climate is warm to hot in summers and cool in winters. The region is divided into five districts, each producing distinct wine styles. The Clare Valley has won countless international awards and is a must-visit destination for wine enthusiasts.

    The Wendouree Shiraz 2012 is a multi-layered and elegant wine that showcases the distinct terroir of Clare Valley, South Australia. On the nose, it offers a delicate perfume of blackberry, raspberry and spices with a touch of gentle earthiness that is simply enchanting. On the palate, the wine is medium-bodied with a velvety texture that perfectly balances the fruity acidity and soft tannins. The wine's flavors are a beautiful blend of plum, blackcurrant and a hint of dark chocolate, which lingers on the palate, culminating in a long and satisfying finish. The Wendouree Shiraz 2012 is a refined and complex wine that would pair well with robust meats, stews or aged cheeses.

    Malty, nutty hazelnut, bright perfumed red fruits, some mint. Medium bodied, dried sage and red fruit, very pure acidity and great shape. Pretty firm and very vibrant. Length is terrific. One for the ages, at present, all cheekbones and style. - Gary Walsh, The Wine Front, 95 Points.

    The Finer Details
    Style - Red Wine
    Varietal - Shiraz
    Country - Australia
    Region - Clare Valley
    Vintage - 2012
    Bottle Size - 750ml
    ABV - 13.6%