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2014 A.P Birks Wendouree Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Producer
    A.P Birks Wendouree
  • Vintage
  • Grape Variety
    Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Region
  • Sub Region
    Clare Valley
  • Size

Wendouree is among Australia’s most sought after wines. This mythical Clare Valley estate has no website, no cellar door and they rarely answer the phone but do sometimes respond to letters.

The first vineyards were planted back in 1892/3 by the Birks family so we’re talking some seriously old vines here. The Birks’ owned the estate until 1974 when Tony & Lita Brady acquired it. Since then they have transformed the estate into a revolutionary yet classically Clare Valley institution. Roly Birks stayed on as winemaker until 1980.

Alfred Percy Birks ‘AP Birks’ and his brothers started planting in 1892 with a 0.2Ha block of Cabernet Sauvignon and then subsequent Birks generations planted a raft of different varieties; Shiraz in 1911 and more Cabernet in 1971, eventually ending up with 50Ha of vines in total.

Tasting Notes

96+ Points Gary Walsh
A straight Cabernet Sauvignon from the 1920 Eastern and 1975 vineyards. Likely much to the horror of many a Wendouree drinker, I just pour these wines into a big glass, and write them up almost straight away. I think they are very specific and open in personality, and as a result, quite easy to review.

Here’s a wine for the Cabernet fancier to lock horns with. Blackcurrant, redcurrant, cedar and camphor chest, black olive and tobacco. It’s perfumed and serious, and lays its cards down on the club table for all to see. Medium to full bodied, firm and sinewy, bright bustling boysenberrie-d acidity, firm minerally tannin, straight-down-the-line flavour of small berries, intense grip and length. Tobacco and dried flowers in the aftertaste. Smashing wine. Really quite something. Will live forever

2014 A.P Birks Wendouree Cabernet Sauvignon