March 28, 2024

Wirra Wirra Church Block

Who makes it?

Wirra Wirra Church Block is an Australian classic. 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 the late Greg Trott. That was back in 1972. Greg Trott was responsible for rebuilding the winery at Wirra Wirra in the 1960s after it had fallen into disrepair.

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 incredibly varied portfolio. While the portfolio is rather extensive, it is one that produces very reliable quality wines.

How do they make it?

Of course, the blend changes every year. However, it usually sits around 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Shiraz and 10% Merlot. It is a great Australian dry red blend. A classic marriage of Bordeaux and Rhone. There is warm spicy slug of oak here coming from a skilful combination of French & American oak. And a small portion of new vs the majority of oak being seasoned oak.

What does it taste like?

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.

Moreover, it makes a good candidate for some short to medium term cellaring. Lots on offer and all delivered here.

What to drink it with?

At this value, it is an easy pleaser for a mid week quaffer. It will easily match with a burger, BBQ or bangers and mash. If you want to make it a bit special, add some truffle oil to that mash! Go on…. give it a try!


Mature hard cheese is hard to beat as a cheese match here. Especially cheddar and manchego.

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: January 2024
Price:   AU$ 25 | UK £15 | US$20 |CAN$25
Drink: now – 5+ years
Needs food: no
Source: tasting

To read the review for a previous vintage of Wirra Wirra Church Block, please click here.

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