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Mandurang Valley

www.mandurangvalleywines.com.au

7 Fadersons Lane, off Tannery Lane, Mandurang, 3551

Cellar Door: Open Weekends, Public Holidays and School Holidays 11am to 5pm. At other times by appointment

Ph: (03) 5439 5367

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The Vine (Wes and Pamela) family first planted grapevines at Mandurang in 1976. Wes and Pamela decided to make better use of their hobby farm when it became obvious that grazing would not be sustainable.

The Vines had a passionate interest in wine and winemaking, so they ventured into their first vintage in 1980. Like many new grape-growers, they had planted a "fruit salad" of varieties. Their principal wine was a blend - Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Merlot with single varietals in Riesling and Chardonnay.

The wines were made for their own consumption, but in reality they made more than they could consume, so many of their friends gained the benefit. By 1992 the cellar was at bursting point. After obtaining a limited licence all the stock sold in one day.

With confidence buoyed by success, they launched into a more commercial venture in partnership with another Mandurang family. The partnership was concluded in 1998 when the Vine family became the sole owners of Mandurang Valley Wines. Wine critic, Ben Canaider in a Wine Regions of Victoria booklet observed: "Wes Vine's careful, thoughtful wine making lets the lovely fruit qualities of the wines speak intelligently and rewardingly. The spicy, minerally Chardonnay shows some class; and the Pinot Noir is a velvety gently tannic and earthy wine with an enjoyable yet not insubstantial weight and texture. Shiraz and Cabernet are also quite fine."

Wes and Pamela's son Steve and his wife Jacqui have developed a 2 ha vineyard within five minutes drive from the winery. They are taking a more active role in the grape production and winemaking as their production increases.

Tasting Notes

There are three types of Tasting notes:

(W) Notes from the winery (blurbs from bottle)

(GXY) Notes from a GenXY wine reviewer

(G) Notes from GenXY's Tasting events (collective opinions)

Mandurang Valley Monastrell 2014

Purchased: Stall at Bendigo Festiival ($22)

Drink: 2022

(GXY) Tasting: April 2017, the stand alone Monastrell (Mourvdere) was my pick of the wines at this year's Bendigo Wine Festival, fully ripe blackberry and dark plums with liquorice, white pepper, sage and even a touch of iodine, supple and medium bodied with a touch of mid-palate rhubarb, dusty tannins and balanced cedar/vanilla French and American oak, excellent line and length (****1/2)

Mandurang Valley Grenache Shiraz Monastrell 2015

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2022

(GXY) Tasting: April 2017, fleshy and juicy mulberry, raspberry and dark plums with white pepper and rose petal notes, powerful opening but becomes more savoury and slaty down the line, persistent finely grained tannins and malt/vanilla oak on the finish (****)

Mandurang Valley Riesling 2016

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: April 2017, flavoursome green apple, sweet limes and pear with a touch of brown spice, a little broad and forward with crunchy lemon acids and chalky phenolics (***)

Mandurang Valley Grenache Shiraz Monastrell 2013

Purchased: Stall at Bendigo Winemakers Festival ($22)

Drink: 2020

(GXY) Tasting: April 2015,  the warmer vintage has allowed the Grenache and Monastrell (Mourvedre) to achieve fuller ripeness than recent vintages, aromatic, fleshy  and spicy mulberry, blackberry and plum with black pepper, rose petal and iodine notes, slaty and medium bodied with savoury, grainy tannins, malt/vanilla/cinnamon oak inputs, would hold its own in a line-up of McLaren Vale GSMs  (****1/2)

Mandurang Valley Riesling 2013

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: April 2015,  flavoursome apple, peach and orange blossom with a light dusting of brown spice, a touch broad but better length and focus than most other regional examples, vibrant grapefruit acidity on the chalky finish (***1/2)

Mandurang Valley Grenache Shiraz Monastrell 2012

Purchased: Not ($22)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: May 2014, spicy and fleshy cranberry and blackberry with white pepper, rose petal and iodine notes, medium bodied palate that becomes more savoury down the line, creamy malt-vanilla oak with a mentholly finish, grainy tannins (***1/2)

Mandurang Valley Monastrell 2012

Purchased: Not ($24)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: May 2014, blocky blueberry, sour cherry and dark plum with iodine and savoury notes, medium bodied, firmish green edged acidity and dusty tannins (***)

Mandurang Valley Riesling 2012

Purchased: Not ($22)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2013, broad and moderately intense  green apples and lime  with rose petal and brown spice notes, slightly forward with gentle chalky phenolics and acidity (***)

Mandurang Valley Merlot 2009

Purchased: Not ($22)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: Apr 2012, flavoursome and slightly confectionary redcurrant and plum cake with spice and savoury notes, forward and medium-full bodied with glycerolly mid-palate, firm acidity with lingering open knit powdery tannins (***)

Mandurang Valley Chardonnay 2009

Purchased: Not ($22)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Apr 2011, creamy nectarine, melon and peach with a touch of butterscotch and lemon butter, mealy and leesy palate with toasty cashew-vanilla oak and tangy grapefruit acidity, has good length and drive for the region, complex inputs without getting over-worked (****)

Mandurang Valley De Vine Rose 2010

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: Apr 2011, salmon colour, derived from Pinot Noir made in an appealing strawberry and cream style with a balanced crisp minerally finish (***1/2)

Mandurang Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

Purchased: Not ($22)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Apr 2011, light-medium bodied redcurrant and blueberry with violet and menthol notes, the glycerolly and savoury palate shows some olive nuances, the finish shows grippy acidity, toasty oak spice and lingering dusty tannins have a touch of greeness, shows the mild vintage (***)

Mandurang Valley Riesling 2010

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: Apr 2011, gentle lime and apple with musk and light spice notes, broad and forward with soft chalky phenolics on the citric finish (***)

Mandurang Valley Shiraz 2008

Purchased: Not ($26)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: April 2010, ripe blackberry and raspberry with toasty brown spices, fruitcake and mint, palate has some tarry extractive aspects but the alcohol is controlled, persistent dusty tannins with sweet vanilla-chocolate from the US and French oak (***1/2)

Mandurang Valley Riesling 2009

Purchased: Not ($18)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: April 2010, fairly dry and musky with green apple and stonefruit flavours infused with chalky lemon acids, broad and forward reflecting the difficult vintage (***)

Mandurang Valley Merlot 2008

Purchased: Not ($22)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2009, ripe redcurrant and plum with pronounced mid-palate black and brown spices, earthy, medium-full bodied and savoury palate with fine chalky tannins, shows better focus and fruit definition this time than some recent vintages (***1/2)

Mandurang Valley Shiraz 2006

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: April 2009, the Shiraz is faring better in the drought conditions than the other reds, ripe blackberry and plum with some fruitcake, anise and mint aspects, tarry and meaty with cedar/vanilla/chocolate from the French and American oak, persistent chalky tannins, good length (***1/2)

Mandurang Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2008, rather ripe and oak driven style showing stewed plum, blackcurrant and fruitcake, medium bodied and rather earthy with handsome coffee-chocolate-cedar French and American oak that keeps the finish fairly dry and balanced, the problem is the drought stressed fruit (***)

Mandurang Valley Merlot 2006

Purchased: Not ($22)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2008, savoury and medium-full bodied showing glazed cherry and spicy plum, attractive varietal pepper and cinnamon spice features with some dark chocolate/coffee oak back up, unfortunately the drought stress on the fruit is evident with some stewed banana aspects showing (***)

Mandurang Valley Shiraz 2004

Purchased: Not ($22)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: July 2007, sweet blackberry and plum with mint and anise notes, earthy and medium bodied with smooth tannins (***1/2)

Mandurang Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2004

Purchased: Not ($22)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: July 2007, tight core of sweet raspberry and spicy plum with violet and olive notes, menthol aspect permeates throughout the light-medium bodied palate, fine grained tannins with a touch of plum pudding on the finish, unusual but worth a try (***1/2)

Mandurang Valley Riesling 2006

Purchased: Not ($18)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: July 2007, tropical fruit, green apple and lemon rind flavours, good cleansing acid and a firm steely minerally finish, a bit light bodied (***)

Mandurang Valley Chardonnay 2006

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2008

(GXY) Tasting: July 2007, unusual structure with light up front fruit expression of melon and stonefruit leading to a blocky mid-palate with the texture filled out by creamy hazelnut features, cedary-vanilla on the dry finish (***)

Mandurang Valley Chardonnay 2005

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: June 2006, rich nose showing butterscotch, grapefruit and vanilla features, buttery palate and some subtle spicy French oak influence, firm acid, should cellar well for four or five years (****)

Mandurang Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2003

Purchased: Not ($22)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: June 2006, ripe blackcurrant, cherry and plum with lots of varietal minty and leafy features, medium-full-bodied palate but it is still a bit blocky and angular at the moment, grippy acid finish, French and American oak (***)

Mandurang Valley Pinot Noir 2004

Purchased: Not

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: June 2006, ripe fruit-driven style, strawberry and cherry flavours, not much spice complexity, finishing quite grippy (***)

Mandurang Valley Shiraz 2003

Purchased: Not ($22)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: June 2006, ripe cassis and plum flavours with a touch of liquorice and pepper, medium-full bodied palate is backed with subtle cedar oaking and smooth, slightly drying tannins (***)

Mandurang Valley Riesling 2005

Purchased: Not ($18)

Drink: 2008

(GXY) Tasting: June 2006, floral nose showing musc, green apple and lemon-lime aromas, steely minerality underlies palate, crisp finish (***)