This wine review is of Wendouree’s 2017 vintage of their shiraz malbec. As a wine intended for long ageing, it is somewhat ridiculous to taste it in its youth but here we are. At first the wine appears a little simple and opens reticently. But like many good wines, it builds weight and detailed structure with time in the glass. The aroma has the imprint of its malbec contribution, taking on chocolate, roast meat and plum characters. The palate is dry, medium bodied, the alcohol moderate (13.2) and the acidity also mid range. There are notes of spice, cedar (oak regimen unknown – a portion new is likely) and red plums. Its distinguishing feature is that its tannins and ripe fruit build and fill out in the glass, providing a depth that is consistent with an outstanding wine. The finish is long (20 seconds plus) and complete. This is a youthful wine that can be approached now, but would better suit cellaring for a further 5-8 years before having a 10 year plus best drinking window. Rating: Very Good to Outstanding. Website: Vivino; Wine Searcher. Reviewed: August 2021.