2013 Wirra Wirra "Church Block" Red Blend McLaren Vale South Australia (Previously $20.00)
Australian Wine Companion - "A 50% Cab, 37% Shiraz, 13% Merlot blend matured for 18 months in French (70%) and American (30%) oak (10% new), one of Wirra Wirra's celebrated foot soldiers. This really does over-deliver; while it's chock-full of luscious red and black fruits (more on the red side) it has good shape and texture, the finish very more-ish. (JH)
The staple of the Wirra Wirra stable, this has a definitive cabernet stamp to it with liquorice and dark chocolate. Plum fruits, cassis and black cherry flavors linger on elegant tannins. Nicely cut wine and cleverly blended. Drink now. (JS)
**Editors' Choice** At 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, this is a firm, cassis-scented wine, but one that includes hints of ripeness and generous fruit. Dried herbs and brown sugar add nuance, while the velvety finish picks up some meaty, savory notes. Drink now-2025.
Firm and appealing, with generous cherry and pear flavors, finishing with a hint of grapefruit as the finish lingers. Has freshness and depth. Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Merlot. Best from 2016 through 2020. (HS)
91 Points Wine Front: "Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Merlot. Releasing the power of the blend in a country that's mono-variety obsessed. This kind of amply fruited, yet not so cynical style is what keeps a lot of people coming back for more, I reckon. Blackcurrant, almost to Ribena richness, violet, a whiff of truffle and cedar wood delivers the goods. Medium to full bodied, ample dark fruit and dark chocolate, grainy tannin through the middle, well settled but fresh acidity, and chocolate, raspberry and blackcurrant to close - with some savoury characters in the mix too. Pretty sure a lot of non-wine-speak people will think "what's this drongo going on about!", but the message here is pretty clear: here's a fruit forward juicy McLaren Vale number that's sure to push the buttons of the average fancier of a good Aussie red." Winemaker's Notes: "The nose whows lifted cassis and leaf with cedar and clove spice. The fragrant cabernet sauvignon dominates with bright red fruits and plums. On the palate it is rich and generous with plush dark fruits. The red and black currants, Satsuma plums and raspberries are balanced by fine savoury tannins and cedary oak. Church Block was the first wine the late Greg Trott produced under the Wirra Wirra label back in 1972. He took the namefrom one of the original vineyards, next to the small Church (est. 1854) across the road from Wirra Wirra’s century old cellars. Over four decades, the Church Block label has become an Australian favourite."