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Clare Valley, South Australia

The Story

The celebrated Wendouree Shiraz derives from the estate’s original 1893 plantings, which is in all likelihood genetic material derived from the original James Busby collection.

Located on an easterly ridge towards the northern edge of the Clare Valley, the soils of the unirrigated Wendouree vineyards are shallow and meagre with red loam over limestone. The low-yielding old shiraz vines produce small berries with thick skins and a very high seed content.

Despite its reputation and heritage, there are remarkably few older bottles in circulation. This is largely explained by the way Wendouree wine was sold. Until 1974 the wines were sold in bulk and bottled and marketed by merchants. Most blended and single varietal shiraz wines were almost never seen.

The Winemaking

The recently implemented vertical shoot positioning trellising system optimises exposure to sunlight and protects the fruit from ultraviolet light. Vinified in stainless steel lined open fermenters, and matured
in new (20%) and seasoned oak for around 12 months.

The Wine

The wine typically possesses a core of blackberry, with black olive aromas, clarity and buoyancy of fruit on the palate, persistent, muscular tannins and underlying oak. This style of this shiraz has been described as an iron fist in a velvet glove.


Clare Valley, South Australia
Top Vintages

2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002, 1998, 1994, 1991, 1990, 1989,

1986, 1978, 1976, 1975. Not made in 2007. Bottled under screwcap since the 2009 vintage.

ABN: 77 159 767 843. New South Wales: Liquor Act 2007. No Alcohol can be sold or supplied to anyone under 18. It's against the law. License Number: LIQP770010303 Victoria: WARNING - Under the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998, it is an offence: To supply alcohol to a person under the age of 18 years [Penalty exceeds $19,000]; For a person under the age of 18 years to purchase or receive liquor [Penalty exceeds $800]. License Number: 32055289