Wirra Wirra `Scrubby Rise` Red 2009 (12x750mL) McLaren Vale, SA.

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Overview

Two beauties and an ugly duckling? It's well known that Shiraz and Cabernet make great bedfellows, but in a rare case of "three's company", the Bordeaux blender Petit Verdot takes this wine to another level, with its vibrant colour and rich nose. All three varietals conspire to achieve the balance, elegance and structure of this classic Wirra Wirra red, complemented by 12 months in American and French oak.

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

Expert Reviews

I can’t recall a better Scrubby Rise than this. Restrained but spicy plum aromas, quite deeply flavoured and fleshy on the palate, fruit-driven, soft and mild-mannered. It’s generous and fruity, if not exactly complex. Huon Hooke, The Sydney Morning Herald (MAR/2011)

This has blueberry and violet flavours, some gentle spice, and some underlying dark fruit. A versatile wine and typical super value.Rick Allen, Parramatta Advertise (DEC/2010)

Juicy choc-berry flavours with a little jamminess, some spice and coffee and only the most modest of tannins to stop it from sliding down.”Jeremy Pringle Wine Will Eat itself Blogspot(DEC/2010)

...this shows plenty of red fruits and plum on the nose and palate, with a touch of chocolate and fine tannins on the finish. Try it over the next few years with just about any grilled red meats or gourmet sausages.Michael Frost, Courier Mail (JAN/2011)

The mix is good, all-round slurpable red with some backbone as well as plenty of good front-end fruit joy.Tony Love, Daily Telegraph (FEB/2011)

A well-made, multi-varietal red blend from one of McLaren Vale’s most consistent producers, Scrubby Rise has a pleasant mix of ripe berry fruits, spice and earthy regional notes, lightly touched by oak. In the mouth it’s a mellow, easy-drinking style with gentle tannins.Ralph Kyte-Powell, The Age Epicure (APR/2011)

Winery Tasting Notes

Grape Varietals

Shiraz (47%), Cabernet Sauvignon (39%), Petit Verdot (14%).

Colour

Brilliant deep crimson hue, with vibrant purple edge.

Aroma

Pungent primary red fruits, stewed Satsuma plums and spicy notes are complemented by subtle sweet oak lift and hints of chocolate and mocha.

Palate

Soft fleshy primary fruits of plums and ripe blackcurrants, with creamy textural palate supported by soft silky tannin structure.

Cellaring Potential

Now to 5 years.

Food Matching

Marinated fresh sardines, with sourdough toast and olive tapenade.

Vintage
2009
Region
SA - McLaren Vale
Grape Style
Shiraz 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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