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Birks Wendouree Shiraz Mataro 2009

Winery: Birks Wendouree
Region: Clare Valley
Wine: Shiraz Mataro
Variety: Shiraz Mataro
Vintage: 2009
Attributes
UOM: 750ml

" blend of Shiraz (65%) and Mataro (35%) from 1893 Central vineyard plantings, and 1920 Eastern vineyard bush vines.

I’d say this is my favourite wine from the 2009 vintage Wendouree release – for reasons of style and personal taste, rather than absolute quality. Have they ever released a straight Mataro? I’d love to try that.

Mint and aniseed, though perhaps more to menthol, cherry/berry fruit, plenty of spice, Underberg bitters, new leather – there’s no lack of flavour complexity and interest. It’s smooth and ripe with blood plum, nutty oak and coffee flavours, with a fatness to the tannin that makes it more appealing that than the straight shiraz – melting tannins rather than heart stopping ones. More generous and more interesting. The flavour and texture of it put me in mind of old vine Carignan or something grown around the Mediterranean – has integrity and an individual rustic appeal. 94+ Points/Drink 2014-2038" - Gary Walsh

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