WIRRA WIRRA CHURCH BLOCK CABERNET SAUVIGNON / SHIRAZ / MERLOT 2015

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WIRRA WIRRA CHURCH BLOCK CABERNET SAUVIGNON / SHIRAZ / MERLOT 2015 is available to buy in increments of 1
52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Shiraz & 12% Merlot

Winery notes (2015 Vintage)
"Church Block was the first wine the late Greg Trott produced under the Wirra Wirra label back in 1972. He took the name from one of the original vineyards, which runs next to the small Bethany Church (Est 1854) across the road from Wirra Wirra’s century old ironstone cellars.

A complex nose that displays the instant appeal and fragrances of shiraz and merlot, but is truly driven by the lifted cassis, blackberry and leaf of cabernet. Dried thyme, sandalwood, cedary oak and earth follow to add layers of interest. The palate rewards instantly, packed with bright berries, dark cherries and generous, deep plum fruits. This fruit sweetness combines with dark chocolate, mocha notes and supple, fine grained tannins to build a full and even palate."


90/100 Toni Paterson MW, The Real Review, May 2017 (2015 Vintage)
"This is a cracking wine. Such clear and expressive flavours and a long harmonious palate. There is brightness and richness. The three varieties of cabernet sauvignon, shiraz and merlot sit side-by-side in perfect balance. Ripe, gently drying tannin. At this price, you don’t get much better.”
5 Stars & 93/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit (2015 Vintage)
"A beautifully styled red; the inviting bouquet shows blackcurrant, dark chocolate, olive and cedar characters with nuances of bay leaf and warm spice. The palate delivers excellent palate weight and roundness, brilliantly supported by fine texture and chalky tannins. Excellent balance and harmony, and offers terrific drinking already. At its best: now to 2023."
91/100 Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front, May 2017 (2015 Vintage)
"It’s one of the more reliable ‘go to’ red wines on the Australian market. Quality is always there or thereabouts. It’s a McLaren Vale blend of cabernet sauvignon, shiraz and merlot. This release cuts the mustard. It’s dusty and leafy but curranty too, its flashes of boysenberry and blackcurrant offering more than enough flavour. Oak isn’t really a part of the flavour profile, or not overtly, but dry, dusty, well-played fruit most certainly is. Balance is spot on here. What I particularly like is how “cabernet” this wine feels. If you store this well I suspect it will mature well over the medium term or longer – if you so desired. Top value."
5 Stars & 18.5/20 Raymond Chan, July 2017 (2015 Vintage)
"Full, very dark, black-hued red colour with slight purple hues, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is fresh with bright and primary, aromatic fruit, showing blackcurrants, cassis liqueur, minty herbs and subtle notes of spices and plums. The aromatics possess depth and presence. Full-bodied, the palate has a firmly concentrated heart with deeply packed, bright and vibrant flavours of blackcurrants, blackberries and cassis, with nuances of spice and plums. The fruit is underlined by fine, grainy tannin structure and grip, providing depth and linearity with acid energy and tension. The wine leads to a long, elegant and sustained finish of blackcurrants, cassis and herbs. This is an elegantly concentrated, bright fruited Cabernet/Shiraz blend with lively blackcurrant, cassis and herb flavours with a grainy-structured palate and fresh mouthfeel. Match with herb-marinated lamb and beef dishes, and semi-hard cheeses over the next 7-8+ years. McLaren Vale fruit, a blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Shiraz and 12% Merlot, fermented to 14.5% alc., the wine aged 18 months in 70% French and 30% American oak barriques and hogsheads, 10% new. "
91/100 James Halliday's Wine Companion, August 2017 (2015 Vintage)
"A classic among this quintessentially Australian category, Church Block always comes up trumps. Shiraz’s generous blue to dark fruit spectrum is melded to the structural pillars of cabernet, the leader of the blend. Detailed tannins and marked acidity are its trademarks. Merlot serves as a filler.”
90/100 Huon Hooke (2015 Vintage)
"Deep red colour with good purple tinges; the bouquet is ripe and blackberry-like, clean and appealing. It's intense and medium to full-bodied, with ample soft, ripe tannins, a core of fruit-sweetness balanced by a savoury finish, and lovely balance. Shiraz helps soften and fill out the palate. A very good cabernet-driven blend, and top value."
92/100 James Suckling, July 2017 (2015 Vintage)
“A dense and chewy wine with lots of chocolate, berry and hints of herbs. Full body, tannic and flavourful. Needs time to soften. Extracted style but will come around nicely with bottle age.”
90/100 Cameron Douglas MS, November 2017 (2015 Vintage)
"Ripe, fruity, fleshy and varietal with aromas of blackberry, plum, raspberry and black currant; a light violet floral layer adds complexity and charm; moderate+ oak layer with brown spices and toasty-ness; medium+ intensity overall. On the palate – youthful, firm, fruity and dry. Medium+ tannins showing a chalky texture; no mistaking the oak, but not overdone either, a light char-note then moderate toasty effect; flavours of fruits reflect the nose; youthful still with plenty of acidity and vibrancy, balanced and well made. Drink now and through 2025."


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