40th Anniversary 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.
Over four decades, the Church Block label has become an Australian favourite, consistently offering a smooth, soft red wine that balances the complexity sought by aficionados, with the approachability desired by those seeking pure drinking pleasure.
- SA - McLaren Vale
- South Australia
“It’s the 40th anniversary of this Aussie stalwart; latterly a champion and saviour of crappy unimaginative wine lists where you can pretty much bank on it being a good drink. And for a 40th year, and let me just say, I feel this keenly, they’ve done the old boy proud. Musky perfume, plump blue and black fruits, lick of aniseed, vanilla and cedar – tick tick tick – very fetching. Medium to full bodied, sweet black and blue fruits, cherry chocolate cake, wee bit of earthiness, smooth fine grained tannin, even acidity and a little crunch of fresh berried acidity and grip on the finish. All just so. Will be lapped up by all and sundry from Perth to Porepunkah: the archetypal good drinking, good value South Australian red.”
Rating 91 - Gary Walsh, The Wine Front (FEB/2014)
“Wirra Wirra’s Church Block has turned forty years old. We’re now the same age. Fitting considering I grew up with the wine – after I was of a legal drinking ager of course. 49% Cabernet, 35% Shiraz, 16% Merlot. That’s a lot less Cabernet and a lot more Merlot than my winning team chose to use in the blending competition at the Woodhenge Cup a couple of years ago. The 2011 vintage didn’t seem to suit McLaren Vale Merlot very well. But this is a lovely release. Sweetly fruited and fleshy yet fresh. Not a simple wine by any means and I suspect it will age well over the medium-term at least. Mulberries, blueberry, aniseed, milk chocolate, toasty clove studded oak and long tannins with reach. Murmurs of root vegetables
and roasted capsicum. Widely available and you’ll often get change from a twenty when you buy it. A wine that deserves its place in Australian vinous folklore. Happy birthday to ya!” Rating 91 - Jeremy Pringle, Wine Will Eat Itself (MAR/2014)
“An old friend has just turned 40 and it has reminded me of their quirky down to earth nature. Some friends are following the hipster crowd, and going to the cool kid’s parties. Some are friendly and familiar, who you aren’t ashamed to take to another mates BBQ. And this 40 year old from McLaren Vale’s Wirra Wirra is just good fun to be around and enjoy their company. You don’t need to pontificate too much about what they say, just sit back and enjoy their generous character. First made in 1972 the Wirra Wirra Church Block has become a staple of many households, and is quite widely available. The 2012 Wirra Wirra Church Block continues to show why its an old favourite. The 2012 Church Block is a blend of 49% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Shiraz, and 16% Merlot. While the spicy oak is noticeable, it isn’t obtrusive. On the nose all is in balance – a dollop of Cabernet herbeacousness and a whiff of chocolately Shiraz. On the palate its soft and warm, with subtle grip. Fresh ripe generous fruit, with good length. An honest Aussie red wine, which delivers what it says. Im having another glass.” Que Syrah (MAR/2014)
“One of Australia’s favourites with its rich, full-bodied style reflecting black and blue fruits. Long smooth finish and great lingering spices.”Rating 93 - Peter Chapman (MAR/2014)
Winery Tasting Notes
Deep plum with vivid red hues.
Richly aromatic nose of preserved plums, kirsch and dark summer fruits with complexing notes of subtle cedar, milk chocolate, dried fig and sweet spices.
Rich, layered and voluptuous palate with abundant fruit flesh. Flavours of grilled nuts, smoked meats and ripe plums flood the palate balanced with Cabernet led fine savoury structure.
Upon release and up to 10 years from vintage.
Strip steak au poivre
Medals & Trophies
Double Gold Medal - China Wine & Spirits Awards 2014