"A wine for aesthetes, perhaps. Age will most certainly not weary it. As it takes the air in the glass, it fills out and flexes most impressively." 96+pts - 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
"From 1971 and 2002 plantings, so in the Wendouree world, young vines! I’m lead to believe that the maximum purchase of both the Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon is six bottles. Dozens are OK for the rest, at least if your name is Fluffy Hair Adair.
Blackcurrant, blackberry, cherry, aniseed and vanilla nougat. Medium bodied, fresh and bright, and has what you might call a ‘high tensile’ feel, kind of like a wire pulled very tight, the way it runs through the mouth. Iron. Steel. Tannin is assertive, but not uncompromising, and the way it surges through the finish line is both athletic, and impressive. It’s not as easy to love as the Malbec or Cabernet Malbec, but the quality is equally high. Less flesh, more bone structure. A wine for aesthetes, perhaps. Age will most certainly not weary it. As it takes the air in the glass, it fills out and flexes most impressively." 96+pts - Gary Walsh - WineFront