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Wendouree Shiraz Mataro 2015

Wendouree Shiraz Mataro 2015

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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 Mataro 2015 is a standout wine that showcases the unique terroir of the Clare Valley. The fruit used in this wine is typically larger and more medium-bodied than other blocks and is treated with traditional winemaking practices. Vinification takes place in open stainless steel lined slate fermenters with regular plunging, allowing for maximum extraction of flavour and tannin. After fermentation, the wine is matured for 12 months in fine-grained new (20%) and seasoned French oak, adding layers of complexity and structure. The resulting wine is a deep, rich color with intense aromas of blackberry and liquorice fruit notes. The palate is bold and full-bodied, with iron-fisted tannins that are characteristic of the Clare Valley. The Wendouree Shiraz Mataro 2014 is a striking wine that truly represents the unique terroir of the Clare Valley. Its bold flavors and exceptional structure make it a standout among Australian wines, and a must-try for any wine enthusiast. This wine pairs perfectly with red meat dishes, game and mature cheese.

An 80/20% blend from 1893 plantings (Central Vineyard), 1919 (Eastern), and 1920 (Eastern) bushvines. Purely in terms of weight, and not flavour, this has a lighter body than the Shiraz or Cabernet Malbec. The youngest vines were 95yo at the time of vintage, and all the vines producing all or any grapes incorporated in Wendouree's wines are in prime condition for such ancient vines. There's a silky patina on entry into the mouth, then there is a relentless build-up of purple and black fruits, and the rippling muscle of tannins. Great wine from a great vintage. - James Halliday, Wine Companion, 97 Points

The Finer Details
Style - Red Wine
Varietal - Shiraz, Mataro
Country - Australia
Region - Clare Valley, South Australia
Vintage - 2015
Bottle Size - 750ml
ABV - 14.2%

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