"A finish that’s intense and phenomenally long, tinged with bush perfume and the promise of forgiveness, given a couple of decades. It’s a very fine Cabernet. Unapologetically Australian, individual and magnificent." 96pts - Gary Walsh - WineFront
Wendouree wines are, without doubt, the most difficult-to-source of any winery in this country. Tiny production and a strict mail-order-only policy are major contributors to the scarcity.
"An iron fist in a velvet glove best describes these extraordinary wines. They are fashioned with commitment from the very old vineyard (shiraz, cabernet sauvignon, malbec, mataro and muscat of Alexandria), with its unique terroir, by Tony and Lita Brady, who rightly see themselves as custodians of a priceless treasure. The 100+-year-old stone winery is virtually unchanged from the day it was built; this is in every sense a treasure beyond price. Wendouree has never made any comment about its wines, but the subtle shift from the lighter end of full- bodied to the fuller end of medium-bodied seems to be a permanent one (always subject to the dictates of the vintage). The best news of all is that I will get to drink some of the Wendourees I have bought over the past 10 years before I die and not have to rely on my few remaining bottles from the 1970s (and rather more from the '80s and '90s)." James Halliday
"In reviewing the wines of Wendouree each year, over the last seven years, from what I call ‘The Modern Era’, I feel I’ve well and truly got my eye in, one way or another. I think the Cabernet Sauvignon is perhaps the most quintessentially Clare/Australian/Wendouree of all the wines on offer. Every year, it’s the unapologetic one. You don’t like me? Well f*ck you then! Or something like that.
It’s the Clare bush perfume of eucalyptus, aniseed and the like, along with fresh blackberry and blackcurrant, cedar and dusty earth. It often smells like a dry Australian forest after the rain has hit – petrichor – and equally evocative it is too. Medium bodied, firm and bony, kind of tense, but with a sweet redcurrant and blackcurrant small-berried intensity, the crunch of acidity and firm ropes of tannin, and a finish that’s intense and phenomenally long, tinged with bush perfume and the promise of forgiveness, given a couple of decades. It’s a very fine Cabernet. Unapologetically Australian, individual and magnificent." 96pts - Gary Walsh - WineFront