Wendouree Cellars is one of the cult legends of Australian wine.Tony Brady has been winemaker since 1974 and together with his wife Lita are custodians of this historical wine gem. The first vines were planted in 1893. Wendouree has 28-acres of vines, all dry grown, yielding around 50 tonnes per vintage. The grapes are handpicked and made with minimal intervention in open top fermenters. The 100-year-old stone winery is virtually unchanged from the day it was built. They switched to screw cap in 2009, having waited for 10 yrs for guala cap. Only a limited amount of quality wine is produced per year, for an exclusive mailing list of customers.
Wines we were luck enough to try –
Shiraz Mataro 2014 80% 20% 1893 vines 1919/20 vines.Tannin smooth well integrated blueberry and blackberry fruit liquorice herb and spice texture lovely long meaty complex finish 13.3%
Shiraz Malbec 2014 1919/1920 vines.Lots generous blue fruit.Great length after blueberry concentration.Black cherry great backbone chalky tannins depth and concentration roses violets 13.6%
Shiraz 2014 1893 vines 13.7 % blue fruit and black pepper spice chalky tannins.Pepper finish delicious tannins full need time !
Malbec 2014 from 1898 plantings blueberry and blackberry less tannins Greek Corintiake currents may be present
Cabernet Malbec 2014 graphite pencil shavings cedar perfumed big tannins mouth coating acidic lurking needs a long time hint cassis but not much group thought ferrugenous ( iron like quality maybe from soils).Meaty bloody quality ? Hint chocolate
Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Cassis rich intense concentrated fruit tannins a baby needs 20+yrs so concentrrated rich intense not complex yet. would love to try his old stuff fruit covered tannins chalky long long
Everyone agreed wow factor
Muscat of Alexandria 2014 1940 east vineyard planting slightly fortified to 17%.Grapes luscious delicious no one spitting ! Ripe apricot perfume floral length amazing just awesome .so balanced and long orange blossom +++
A truly memorable experience with everyone hankering after a bottle !
Dave and Diana Palmer were generous hosts for the evening at their boutique family-owned and operated winery located in the heart of the picturesque Clare Valley. Seated outside on the verandah and under the shade of an old olive tree, overlooking the cottage garden and the vines we were treated to some real gems and delicious local cuisine.
Skillogalee shiraz 2012 spicy rich intense fantastic length and balance
Skillogalee Gewurtztraminer beautiful restrained Gewürztraminer with lovely florality
Skillogalee Riesling clean crisp lovely long finish
Wood vale 2014 Shiraz black intense blue and black fruits pepper spice long.
Mcnichol 2004 shiraz fragrant complex with dark fruits .Made by the lovely Hilary Mitchell who’s magical smile lasts long in the memory.