In 1972, cousins Greg and Roger Trott produced a dry red wine from grapes grown on Greg’s vineyard adjacent to the small Bethany Chapel opposite Wirra Wirra. This blend of grenache and shiraz became the first ‘Church Block’. Taking on advice from friends and mentors, Trott evolved Church Block over the years to its popular signature blend of cabernet sauvignon, shiraz and merlot. Yet still there were those who bemoaned the loss of the original blend of grenache and shiraz. So at various times over the years, when the planets have aligned, we have re-created the grenache shiraz offering and released it under the imaginatively titled ‘Original Blend’ moniker. With a look and feel harking back to simpler times, this latest release of Original Blend Grenache Shiraz is limited in number, but not imagination.
Wirra Wirra sources fruit from a combination of our own vineyards and premium McLaren Vale growers in Willunga, The Range and Onkaparinga Gorge. The vineyards range from 17 to 50 years of age.
Regarding oak maturation, the fruits were matured over 9 months in seasoned French oak barriques.
Fruit was crushed and destemmed to stainless steel fermenters and gently macerated via a combination of hand-plunging and pumping-over. Once the desired levels of flavour, colour and texture were achieved, parcels were pressed to tank to complete fermentation. Allowed to dry and settle, individual grenache and shiraz parcels were then racked and filled to seasoned French oak for approximately 9 months maturation before blending, fining, filtration and bottling.
Colour: Vivid crimson with a deep red hue. Bouquet: Richly aromatic with black cherries, raspberries, musk stick and floral notes, as well as allspice and aniseed. Palate: A bright and lively palate of succulent red and blue fruits with spicy notes. Medium bodied, the mouthfeel remains plush and graceful with a fine-grained, savoury finish.
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.
HUON HOOKE - THE REAL REVIEW
'Deep red/purple colour with a spicy, complex bouquet, which shows some stylish work that takes it to a level beyond simple fruit. There is a suggestion of whole-bunch characteristics. It holds the attention. A very attractive wine and not at all simplistic. An exercise in how to make a one-year-old red wine delicious when very young.'
TONI PATERSON MW - THE REAL REVIEW
'High-toned cherry and strawberry aromas with top-notes of spice and a hint of Turkish Delight. The palate is lively and bright with excellent berry fruit and fine tannins. Youthful and delicious.'
GARY WALSH - THE WINE FRONT
'70% Grenache here. Juicy cherry, dark raspberry, musk perfume and earth/dark chocolate bass. It’s medium-bodied, with ample fruit tempered by some savoury flavours and spice, thick suede tannin, balanced acidity, and a very good finish. Really like this. Such a good thing to drink.'