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.
- SA - McLaren Vale
- South Australia
“A much-loved South Aussie red, this is notably cabernet dominant (51 per cent) followed by 31 per cent shiraz and 12 per cent merlot, a modern expression of “claret” that hangs on to a leafy, herbal note to start, then shows dark fruits with a chewy black olive savoury line for good table compatibility. Great value and worth stashing a few away for a few years.” Rating 92 - Tony Love, The Advertiser Top 100 Wines (JUL/2016)
“They’ve been making reds under the Church Block name for 40 or so years, but this cabernet-dominant version has started to steal the show in recent years. When people ask me for a ‘good red under $20’ my first question is usually, ‘Do you want to have a go hunting or do you want something that’s widely available?’ If it’s the latter, this 2014 vies for top of the list. It’s uncomplicated, but an exceptionally good drink, full of berries of choc-chip flavour.” Halliday Magazine (JUL/2016)
This sits in an excellent place. In terms of widely-available reds, this takes some beating on the value front. It tastes of blackcurrant and choc-chip with dusty notes to the finish. Mid-palate is juicy and jubey, in a seriously drinkable way, but the finish is neat and refined. Rating 91 - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion Drink by 2023 (APR/2016)
Winery Tasting Notes
Deep plum with vivid red hues.
Fragrant cassis and dark plum with a cabernet leafy note. The dark fruits are complexed with chocolate, tobacco and cedar notes.
Rich red and black fruits fill the mouth. Raspberry, red currant and plum fruits are balanced with fine sandy tannins and cedar oak. This medium to full bodied wine has a lovely balance and style in true Church Block character.
Beef, mushroom and red wine pie.
Medals & Trophies
Gold Medal 2016 Sélections Mondiales des Vins Canada Wine Competition
Silver Medal 2016 Sydney Royal Wine Show