Wendouree Cabernet Malbec 2011

2011 was a difficult vintage in many Australian wine regions including the Clare Valley in South Australia, but as always, the better wineries always seem to fashion something desirable.  And Wendouree is of course one of the country's best wineries.  As such, it is no real surprise to report that their 2011 cabernet malbec presented well, and their mailing list price (below) seemed quite fair.  The wine has aromatics of pepper, spice, bay leaf, blackcurrant and bright spicy red cherry.  The palate has a medium length finish, perhaps a bit more, with chalky tannin, medium body and balanced cedar and red/black fruit flavours that verge on savoury.  Overall, despite the vintage, I think this is a good to very good release and can be drunk over the next 5 to 8 years.  My only concern was the screwcap used seemed to open a little too easily and so the bottle requires less clumsy handling than I would generally offer.  Good to Very Good

Abv: 13.4%
Price: $50s
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Website: none
Tasted: 2013
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Clare Valley
August 25, 2013


JasonM said…
Nice post. Sometimes I find the so called 'lesser' vintages really show the skill of the winery and winemaker. And from 2011 there are some fantastic wines around. Albeit in a different style to what most would expect from any other vintage.
Sean Mitchell said…
Exactly my thoughts!

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