The late Greg Trott saw many of his dreams realised at Wirra Wirra. Yet one vision eluded him – to build a medieval siege machine, or trebuchet. Why? To use as a catapult to bomb neighbouring wineries with bottles of wine of course (or watermelons, as the case may be). Greg's visionary catapult is proudly displayed on the front lawns of Wirra Wirra today, and has been known to fire the odd watermelon, or two! This wine is part of a range, The RGT Collection which remembers the Pioneering spirit of Richard Gregory Trott.
Shiraz for the 2017 Catapult was harvested over four weeks in April, with a parcel of viognier matched to one of the earlier picks for co-fermentation. Fermented separately, each vineyard parcel was tasted twice daily by the winemakers to monitor extraction. Once the desired levels of colour, flavour and texture for the Catapult style were achieved, ferments were each pressed to tank and later filled to old, French oak. Spending only five to nine months in oak and maintaining the bright, fresh and fruit-driven style, this wine shows silky, textural tannins, vibrant aromatics and juicy plump fruit that is utterly drinkable McLaren Vale Shiraz.
A strong core of primary fruit shows bright raspberry and sour cherry aromas alongside sweet blueberry and mulberry. Fresh fruits are countered with dried botanicals - fennel seed and thyme, black pepper, sweet cinnamon and musky white florals. The palate shows a silky texture and juicy mid-palate sweetness of mixed berries, plums and spice, and is supple and immediately approachable. Fruit sweetness is balanced with tart cherry flavour and bright acidity, building to an appealing finish with rounded, grainy tannins.
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.
TONI PATERSON MW - THE REAL REVIEW
Fragrant red fruit with a little Turkish Delight plus a hint of pepper. Impressive fruit concentration through the length of the palate. A richly-flavoured, approachable wine that is simply outstanding for the price.
NICK STOCK - JAMESSUCKLING.COM
Bright raspberries and red plums with some darker blackberries, leading to a fleshy, plump and pleasure-filled palate. Attractive freshness. Screw cap. Drink now.
JAMES HALLIDAY - HALLIDAY'S WINE COMPANION
A full-bodied, rich and generous wine with dark fruits, spiced oak and fine-grained tannins ex oak and fruit. Ready now or whenever a full-flavoured shiraz is called for.
Gold Medal - China Wine and Spirit Awards 2018