Mrs. Wigley (1977-1991) was not the wife of Wirra Wirra founder Bob Wigley, but a particular pussycat that was born at the neighbouring Petrucci residence. Within days her mum had dragged the litter to settle in our open fermenters, and from then on Mrs. Wigley became a permanent feature of the cellars. Raised exclusively on Myponga Cheddar from the cheese board in cellar door, she was black in colour and sported a trimmed tail courtesy of an accident with some Galv and some emergency surgery from Joe Petrucci's pruning snips.
Like its namesake, Mrs Wigley (the Grenache based wine) is at its playful best when young and is the ideal companion for a lazy afternoon in the sun. Serve chilled
- SA - McLaren Vale
- South Australia
“Full purple-crimson; the colour is far deeper than most roses, the bouquet and (in particular) the palate with an extra varietal fruit imprint. The late, great Jack Mann would have given this wine 100 points for it could easily stand up to ice blocks thrown in the glass. Rating 93 - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2014
“A partner for the Mrs Wigley Moscato. However whereas the Moscato is like a lovely soft lick of musky sweetness, this rose has been created to be dry. It is rich in ripe lush berry fruit in colour, aroma and flavour. On the crisp palate, there is a slight lavender herbal lift to give it interest. A good wine to drink on the beach watching the sun set with picnic at hand.”Lisa Johnston, Blah Blah Magazine, OCT 2013
“Crisp and dry, this elegant rose is an excellent choice as the picnic season gathers pace and a refreshingly chilled drink in the shade is called for. That its name celebrates the winery’s half tailed cat (a farming accident) that died 22 years ago may be of less interest than the fact Pink follows Wirra Wirra on Twitter. But you never know.” Who Weekly Food with Michelle Reedy OCT 2013
“Their words: Sweet, juicy blackberries, raspberries and cherries burst on the palate. A whisper of aniseed and tea-leaf develop as it warms in the mouth. The luscious, fresh-fruit sweetness is tempered by light, savoury tannin. Our feelings: We’re huge fans of wines named after cats, which automatically put this wine up there. Once you taste it, you’ll understand why it made out top 5. Perfect to take along to a weekend barbie yet classy enough to bring out at a dinner party without having to feel judgement eyes. This wine will punch you in the mouth, and then stroke your hair after – the perfect balance.” Sauvy Cellars NOV 2013
“I like rose. Come summer, sitting around trying to drink big, ballsy reds in the heat is hard. Thats where rose comes into its own, and one of the most consistent roses is Mrs Wigley. This isn’t one of those sweet, pink wines either, its been created to be dry and crisp, and keep people who like those big, ballsy reds interested. Its go lovely aromas of strawberries and cream, with watermelon and light cranberry on the tongue. I tried this over the weekend sitting around the pool, and then with food coming off the barbeque. Two words – bloody awesome.” Townsville Bulletin Bart Foley, NOV 2013
“I never let summer pass without drinking my share of this wonderful rose. Bright red fruits on the nose with leafy floral rose petal Grenache. The palate is light bodied but with so many ripe, lively flavours supported with a crisp, fine acid. Serve it nice and chilled, its great with spicy food.” Rating 91 - Ray Jordan, Townsville Bulletin DEC 2013
“A reliable summer drink, this 2013 Mrs Wigley is darker than ive seen in years. Not a bad thing necessarily, just an observation. Style wise its in classic form, the nose all candied Grenache redcurrant with an edge of lolly sweetness. Simple, generous pink with loads of flavour in an open, summery style. Pale and savoury it aint, but no shortage of juiciness, if a little sweeter than id like, set in a very affable form. Entirely smashable.”
Australian Wine Review Andrew Graham, JAN 2014
Winery Tasting Notes
Brilliant crimson with raspberry red edge.
Grenache fruits of forest berries, field strawberries and red apple join a bouquet of cherry, rose and lavender.
Sweet, juicy blackberries, raspberries and cherries burst on the palate. A whisper of aniseed and tea-leaf develop as it warms in the mouth. The luscious, fresh-fruit sweetness is tempered by light, savoury tannin.
Drink whilst young and fresh.
Beef Carpaccio with creamed horseradish and parmesan.