Wirra Wirra `Church Block` Cabernet Shiraz Merlot 2012 (6 x 750mL), SA.

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Overview

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.

Region:
SA - McLaren Vale
State:
South Australia
Country:
Australia

Expert Reviews

“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

Colour

Deep plum with vivid red hues.

Aroma

Richly aromatic nose of preserved plums, kirsch and dark summer fruits with complexing notes of subtle cedar, milk chocolate, dried fig and sweet spices.

Palate

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.

Cellaring

Upon release and up to 10 years from vintage.

Food Matching

Strip steak au poivre

Medals & Trophies

Double Gold Medal - China Wine & Spirits Awards 2014

Vintage
2012
Region
SA - McLaren Vale
Grape Style
Cabernet Blends
Closure Type
Screwcap closure
Alcohol
14.5%

Winery Profile

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Wirra Wirra is situated 37 km south of Adelaide in South Australia's famous McLaren Vale wine region. It is an historic site, which was originally built in 1894 and which by 1903 was producing a substantial quantity of wine that was primarily exported to the rest of the British Empire.

Wirra Wirra is an aboriginal name meaning "amongst the gumtrees". It was established by Robert Strangways Wigley, a former state cricketer and well known eccentric. Following his death in 1924 the vineyards were sold by his family and the cellars fell into disuse. It remained that way until 1969 when the site was bought from Vern Sparrow, son of Wigley's foreman Jack Sparrow, by cousins Greg and Roger Trott.

Assisted by Roger and armed with a few old photos and sketches, Greg re-built the derelict Wirra Wirra winery from two remaining walls and some slate fermenting tanks, transforming it into the handsome winery it is today. Trott did this all in his own inimitable style - always passionate, always iconoclastic, always fun and always unique. Trott lived by a simple philosophy; "Never give misery an even break, nor bad wine a second sip. You must be serious about quality, dedicated to your task in life, especially winemaking, but this should all be fun."

After a long illness, Trott passed away in 2005, but his spirit and sense of purpose is alive and well at Wirra Wirra. The winery has built a reputation for its classic McLaren Vale reds and elegant Adelaide Hills whites and has been described by James Halliday as “the best small to medium producer in McLaren vale and up there among the nation’s finest.”

Visitors to the historic ironstone cellars at Wirra Wirra will get a touch of Greg Trott's philosophy which is built around the celebration of life: great food, stimulating conversation, marvellous music, and of course a fine bottle of wine. From the massive post and rail fence, known as “Woodhenge” to the giant Angelus bell that sits atop the winery, Wirra Wirra has discoveries that have helped make it a must-visit destination in the McLaren Vale wine region.

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