Region, Subregion, Country:
McLaren Vale, Adelaide Hills, Adelaide, Australia
Lifted liqueur cherry, fresh raspberries and blackberries are infused with a Christmas pudding
spice, dark, bitter chocolate, liquorice and hints of cedar.
A classic McLaren Vale combination of rich fruit, dark chocolate and an underlying earthiness.
The palate shows both poise and power with a combination of structural and silky tannin and a
shape, line and focus that will reward careful cellaring.
Can be enjoyed upon release, but will live for 20+ years with careful cellaring.
Slow cooked beef osso buco with rosemary, parsnips and red wine.
Wirra Wirra sources fruit from a combination of owned vineyards and premium McLaren Vale
growers. The blend of individual vineyard and sub-regional characteristics is the key to the
resulting style. Blended from a diverse combination of old vine McLaren Vale sites - typically
low in vigour, producing modest yields of intense fruit. Soils range from red clay and limestone
to deep sands over ironstone base.
Each vineyard block was individually assessed for barrel selection and matured separately for
15 months in 100% French (predominantly Burgundian) oak prior to blending. The final blend
comprised of approximately 30% new oak, the balance coming from predominantly two to
three year old barrels.
Harvested at optimal tannin and flavour ripeness, the separate fruit parcels from each
vineyard were picked in small batches to maintain distinct different vineyard characters and
fermented separately in two tonne open fermenters. Each ferment was tasted twice daily once
fermentation commenced, to determine the level of hand plunging and maceration required
during fermentation. At the required level of tannin and fruit extraction, each ferment was
basket pressed with winemakers making the ‘press cut’ at the first sign of tannin hardness.
After pressing, the wine was transferred to a tailored selection of French oak barriques and
puncheons in which they completed malolactic fermentation. Following MLF, and several times
thereafter, the individual wines are racked and returned. At the end of this program, the most
outstanding vineyard parcels are barrel selected, blended and minimally filtered prior to going
Wirra Wirra Vineyards was originally established in 1984 by South Australian eccentric cricketer Robert Strangways Wigley. The winery prospered in its early days, producing many wines including a much acclaimed Shiraz, which was exported to England and the Empire until his death in 1925.The winery ran into disrepair and was eventually abandoned. In 1969 under the watchful eye of the late Greg Trott and his first-cousin Roger, the winery was rebuilt from the remnants of two walls and some slate fermenting tanks. " Where no idea is deemed too big, outlandish or improbable; where eccentricity has been the rule rather than the exception and having fun is a serious business.