Winery notes (2017 Vintage)
"We named this wine after Robert Strangways Wigley, a noted South Australian eccentric and state cricketer who established Wirra Wirra back in 1894. Each vintage we take pride in producing a flagship shiraz that befits McLaren Vale’s reputation as a first class producer of this varietal and home to some of the oldest shiraz vines in the world.
The nose opens to cherry, raspberry, plums and blackberry with a background of dark chocolate, tar and sweet spices. A deep and plush palate demonstrates the stylish power of old vine shiraz. Rich fruits are interwoven with cedar, forest floor, dark chocolate and fine savoury tannins.
Vineyard batches were matured separately for 18 months, each in their own individual selection of French oak (predominantly Burgundian.) The final blend comprised of approximately 30% new oak, the balance coming from largely two to three year old barrels."
96/100 James Halliday's Wine Companion (2017 Vintage)
"This classic wine has many things going for it, no questions or doubts. It is crafted from blocks spread across the region, French oak one constant pulling the pieces together. The briefest encounter with the bouquet proclaims the quality of the wine to follow. It’s elegant, long and balanced."
94/100 Nick Stock, JamesSuckling.com (2017 Vintage)
"This has a very sleek, polished and nicely ripened set of aromas that sit in the raspberry and red-plum spectrum. There’s a smooth build of tannin and a fleshy red and dark-berry core here. The depth and seamlessness are both impressive. Drink or hold."
93/100 Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front, October 2020 (2017 Vintage)
"Bitumen, beefstock, coffee grounds, malt, vanilla custard and deep pools of plum. Both rugged and svelte at once. Licorice through the aftertaste; warm licorice. Tannin that ripples as it builds. It feels surly right now. Its arms are powerful but folded. Wait."