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Wendouree Shiraz Mataro 2001

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Indestructible.
Indestructible.

Judging for the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show took place this past week, and during one of the more informal dinners, a bottle of Wendouree Shiraz Mataro 2001, courtesy of Tom Carson, winemaker at top Australian winery Yabby Lake and one of this year’s Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show’s international judges.

Wendouree is in the Clare Valley, South Australia, famed for making long-lived reds off very old vines. The Shiraz Mataro 2001 was a stonker, both red and black fruit, huge intensity of flavour yet perfectly in proportion – rich and broad but not at all ungainly. Truly memorable.

Score: 95/100.

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  1. Consider yourself Lucky Christian. Wendouree is truly one of the great wineries IMHO. I have been fortunate enough to have tasted some of their shiraz from the late 90’s that, at over 10 years old, were still youthful and fresh. Well done on a good, accurate review.

  2. One of the most amazing wineries to visit ( although you can’t taste). The drive in through 100 year old vineyards that look like trees is special. A national treasure.

  3. Wendouree is the most amazing spot in Clare. The vineyards were planted between 1890 and 1910. Tony, the proprietor is the most down to earth humble guy. The winemaking is super old school, old concrete kuipe and mostly old oak. Its very difficult to get hold of, you need to send them a letter to apply for a spot on their list. From the cellar the wine is a modest 40ish Aussie dollars, but the secondary market is insane. Their Shiraz is rated in the Langtons “excellent” category. One of only 5 wines I think.

  4. Note too that Wendouree, like pretty much everyone else in Australia, have had enough of shitty cork supply and have moved to screwcap. One of the great traditionalists saying ‘no more’.

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