Wendouree Shiraz 1997

91 points

Clare Valley, South Australia. 13.6%

Whoa. There is still obvious, very fine, new oak. Still fresh with youthful acidity.

Fine fruit, not cool climate but far from heavy or sweet.

Strange wine in that some elements are built for the very long term, but also a touch of aged oxidation.

That’s why some bottles of Wendouree are sublime and others so so. Thank goodness they are using screwcap now because corks just aren’t up to wines with this longevity.

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