Wirra Wirra was originally established in 1894 and though abandoned after several decades of production was revived by the late Greg Trott in 1969. The winery produces exceptional value, fruit driven wine styles that don’t shy away from ripeness, intensity and oak usage. Wirra Wirra is located approximately four kilometres outside of the township of McLaren Vale in the McLaren Vale wine growing region of South Australia. Wirra Wirra source fruit from estate and selected grower vineyards. Wirra Wirra is the core range but the wines are delineated by tiers including Flagship wines, RGT collection, Church Block, Mrs Wrigley range and the entry level Scrubby Rise wines. The production of these wines is overseen by Chief Winemaker Paul Smith, with able assistance from Tom Ravech and Kelly Wellington. The winery employs modern technology and new world technique to produce expressive wines of intensity, bold flavour and McLaren Vale profile.
JAMES HALLIDAY - HALLIDAY'S WINE COMPANION
A 50/37/13% blend matured for 18 months in French (70%) and American (30%) oak (20% 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. Value+.
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.
GARY WALSH - THE 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.
JOE CZERWINSKI - WINE ENTHUSIAST
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.
Smooth and approachable, with a bright, forward and vibrant bouquet of black, red and blue fruits backed by sweet, faintly toasty chocolate/vanilla oak and lifted by a whiff of spice. Its juicy, medium-bodied core of bright, jujube-like berry/plum flavour is complemented by restrained oak and supported by pliant tannins, finishing with moderate length, softness and a dusty herbal note.
LISA PERROTTI-BROWN MW - WINE ADVOCATE
Medium to deep garnet/purple, the 2013 Church Block is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot. The nose shows intense blackberry, black plums and cassis with cloves, cedar, fragrant earth and dried herbs. Medium to full-bodied, it has plenty of fruit, medium levels of chewy tannins and a medium to long finish.
HUON HOOKE - THE REAL REVIEW
Bright, youthful purple/red colour and a straightforward, plum fruit accented aroma. It's the same on the palate: medium-bodied and fairly simple, with abundant tannins providing some chewiness. The acidity is a mite assertive, too.
DECANTER WORLD WINE AWARDS 2015 - COMMENDED
Vibrant cassis and a smoky aroma. Ripe and round with pure red fruit.