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2016 Wirra Wirra Absconder Grenache

2016 Wirra Wirra Absconder Grenache

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$329.94 (Case 6 x 750ml)

McLaren Vale
2016
750ml
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$329.94
McLaren Vale
2016
750ml
  • THE BRIEF
  • THE FINER DETAILS
  • WHO MADE IT?
  • EXPERT REVIEWS
  • THE BRIEF
  • From some of the oldest Grenache blocks in McLaren Vale, came the opportunity to create a wine whose heritage dates back to our founder Robert Strangways Wigley's time.

    Wigley was an eccentric whose lust for life had at times seen him fall foul of the law in his home town. In fact, one episode involving the 'acquisition' of the famous Adelaide pie-cart and a joy ride through the city streets was the catalyst for banishment to McLaren Vale. However Wigley did not abscond into the wilderness. He became known for his world class wines - including fortifieds made with the grenache of the day - and helped to build the reputation of McLaren Vale.

  • THE FINER DETAILS
  • The fruit for The Absconder Grenache is hand picked from the Blagrove and G.J. Wait vineyards. The soil types vary from deep sands over ironstone, to red loam clays with weathered ironstone and sandstone. The two vineyard parcels were hand harvested at optimal fruit flavour and tannin ripeness.

    Fruit was gently crushed and destemmed to two-tonne open fermentation vessels, some of which had a small component of whole bunches. During the twelve-day fermentation, fruit was hand plunged and pumped over to extract the desired level of tannins, colour and flavour. Wines were pressed via basket to stainless steel and on the completion of primary fermentation, filled to seasoned French oak puncheons for nine months. Wine was racked and returned twice during this period, lightly fined and filtered prior to bottling.

    WHAT SHOULD YOU EXPECT?


    Deeper crimson with a bright edge. Heady and lifted with liqueur cherry and wild raspberry. Asian spice, ginger, red licorice and rose petal florals form a deep and complex bouquet. On the palate, the combination of succulent red berries, Turkish Delight and darker, concentrated brooding fruits and florals is framed by lithe, sandy tannins. A wine of layers and grace.

  • WHO MADE IT?
  • 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.

  • EXPERT REVIEWS
  • 96 POINTS

    JAMES HALLIDAY - HALLIDAY'S WINE COMPANION


    Open-fermented, basket-pressed, matured for 10 months in French oak. Bright crimson hue; this is one of a number of outstanding grenaches from '16 with the structure and texture of shiraz or cabernet sauvignon. The bouquet and palate have struck a deal to mirror each other identically, this luxury-packaged wine with the certainty of a long, happy life.

    95 POINTS

    HUON HOOKE


    Deep red/purple colour, youthful, with a definite minty edge to the bouquet, and hints of leather and fresh earth. The palate rich and fruit-sweet, with a certain succulence that often sets grenache apart. Berry, mint and chocolate flavours, full and intense with a brightness from acidity and firm tannins. The wine has structure such as is rarely found in pure grenache wines.

    94 POINTS

    JAMES SUCKLING


    Aromas of dark fruit and light jam with tea undertones. Medium to full body, soft and silky tannins and a savory finish. Tailored and structured. Fun to drink now. Will improve with age. Screw cap.

    94 POINTS

    GARY WALSH - THE WINE FRONT


    Perfumed and spicy, with rich cherry liqueur and raspberry, dried mint, and a tea-like earthiness. Medium bodied, smooth uptake of cherry and red berries, a silkiness and gloss, with the gently abrasive swipe of pumice stone tannin. Spicy and exotic, with a satisfying finish of fine length. It unfurls, grows and glows in the glass. It’s more evidence that Australian Grenache is in a very good place at the moment.