Wendouree Cabernet Sauvignon 2001

88++ points

Clare Valley, South Australia. 13.5%

Unusual red. Dry savoury astonishingly dense. It’s Cabernet but with none of the florality of Bordeaux (or Margaret River or Hawkes Bay). Nor is it a big syrupy warm climate Cabernet.

At almost 10 years of age it’s still a long way off from transforming into an approachable open wine. Needs another 10-20 years. Personally I’d prefer to put my money and patience into Wendouree’s Shiraz and Shiraz blends. That said, a few bottles in the cellar would be fascinating to open in a decade or two.

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