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Birks Wendouree Cabernet Malbec 2016

Winery: Birks Wendouree
Region: Clare Valley
Wine: Cabernet Malbec
Variety: Cabernet Blend
Vintage: 2016
UOM: 750ml

This is consistently the best Wendouree wine for me, and perhaps the most distinctive. People flock to the Shiraz, though I’m not sure why that is, at risk of repeating myself. This is 32% Malbec and comes from 1975 Central, 1920 Eastern, and 1989 Western vineyards.

Exemplary release here. It’s dense and chewy, but light on its feet. The churn of graphite tannin is something to behold. Some rose and musk perfume, plum, red and black fruits, a little mint adds to the general fragrance and charm. Ferrous feel, clean acidity tinkles like spring rain on a window, and there’s flavour and fruit sweetness, yet not too much. It’s all just so. The finish pulses with energy and tannin. Well, OK then. Drink 2021-2046+

Gary Walsh, - 97 Points

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