Wirra Wirra `Church Block` Red Blend 2017 (6 x 750mL), McLaren Vale, SA.

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RRP $22

$17.99 per Bottle
$107.94 per pack

Overview

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.

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

Expert Reviews

The Real Review, Toni Paterson - MAY 2019 92 POINTS #6 TOP 2017 CABERNET SAUVIGNON BLENDS, AUSTRALIA

“Dark red hues with medium intensity. Excellent cherry jam and Turkish Delight aromas. Also, some dark cherry, and a hint of sarsaparilla. The palate is deliciously fleshy, plush, supple and chocolatey, and the tannins are beautifully integrated into the fabric of the wine. This McLaren Vale blend does not disappoint. Top value.”

The Australian, Nick Ryan - APR 2019

“The contemporary Church Block is a blend of 52 per cent cabernet, 39 per cent shiraz and a “not as heretical as it might seem” 9 per cent of merlot. It delivers cassis and black cherries, mulberries and dry gum leaves, a seam of dark chocolate. There’s supple flesh draped over a sturdy skeleton; it fills the mouth with generous flavour before tapering beautifully through a finish shaped by dusty tannins. It really is text-book stuff and there

are lessons here for those who want to listen.”

Winery Tasting Notes

Colour

Deep plum with a scarlet edge.

Bouquet

Lifted red and black currants, deeper plums and black cherries, fresh-tilled earth and leaf with some spicy cedar.

Palate

Fresh red and dark fruits provide great flesh and depth to a long, even palate. Grainy tannins and cedary oak add structural support and line to the rich fruit.

Drink

From release and up to 15 years from vintage.

Food Match

Chargrilled wagu beef fillet with beetroot, leek, green beens and kipfler potatoes.

Vintage
2017
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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