December 26, 2019

Wirra Wirra Church Block 2017

Mention Wirra Wirra to wine lovers throughout the world, and this is probably the wine that they will think of.  This was the first Wirra Wirra wine made by Greg Trott. McLaren Vale is a great source of juicy warming reds and Wirra Wirra is one winery that has plenty of them to offer among their portfolio which also includes a well made moscato and rosé bearing the name of Mrs Wigley. The 2017 is a blend at 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Shiraz and 9% Merlot.

There is always plenty to love about the Church Block blend, starting with the price tag. Fresh blackberry, chocolate, liquorice, sage and nutmeg has a pinch of pepper to lighten it up. Soft, well-judged oak has given an extra roundness. It is long and shapely with a savoury edge and it finishes with plenty of fresh plums, vanilla and chocolate. The fuller body, soft mouth filling tannins make this a wine that is an easy choice. Plus it makes a good candidate for some short term cellaring. Lots on offer in the bottle here.

Quickie review «One of Australia’s classic red blends with ripe juicy soft raspberry and black fruit and a savoury herb and oak edge. This is one glass that is hard to put down.»

Country of Origin: McLaren Vale, Australia
Tasting Date: October 2019
Price:   AU$ 22 | UK £15 | US$17 |CAN$20
Drink: now – 5+ years
Needs food: no
Source: tasting

To read the review for the last vintage, please click here.

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