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Wirra Wirra Woodhenge $30

Woodhenge is a monument to ‘big’ ideas and to Greg Trott’s unique vision of what makes Wirra Wirra special and well, a bloody big fence that weighs about 10 tonnes. This wine is a tribute to the region, the grape variety and the foresight of a wine man that, like Woodhenge, typifies the individuality of McLaren Vale.


Vintage: 2019

Region: McLaren Vale

Sub Region: Seaview & McLaren Flat

Grape Variety: Shiraz 100%


Bouquet

After the volumes of dark plums, blackberries and florals (think violets), find all-spice and fruitcake notes, vanilla, toast and cocoa.


Palate

Rich and full-bodied, the depth of fruit generosity is wrapped around grainy, well- structured tannins. The combination gives both volume and length to the palate. The characters of dusky-red ripe fruits, oak derived spices and cedar notes, and the savoury, mineral tannins have combined for layered complexity. Pleasingly, this very substantial wine remains fresh and youthful throughout, with the promise of great things to come.


Drink

As attractive as the wine is in its youth, cellaring for up to 15 years will produce greater complexity.


Oak Maturation

A combination of French and American oak barriques and hogsheads. New oak accounted for 40% of the final blend with the balance a combination of older barrels up to five years old.





Wirra Wirra the Angelus $60

The 3⁄4 tonne Angelus bell that sits proudly atop our cellars is rung to announce the start and finish of each vintage in McLaren Vale and for other suitable celebrations. For generations it rung out thrice daily from the Jesuit Church at Norwood at, 6am, midday and 6pm, calling the faithful to joyful prayer. In honour of that tradition, the name ‘The Angelus’ is reserved for only exceptional parcels of cabernet sauvignon which are selected and vinified at Wirra Wirra.


Vintage: 2018

Region: McLaren Vale

Sub Region: Onkaparinga Hills

Grape Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon (100%)


Bouquet

Fragrant red and black currants and plums with briary and leaf characters, along with cedar and a hint of choc-mint.


Palate

Perfectly ripened cassis frames a structure of powdery tannins and fine-grained French oak. The depth of red fruit richness gives luxurious concentration while retaining great clarity and expression. Remains poised and elegant throughout.


Drink

Can be enjoyed upon release, but will live for 20+ years with careful cellaring.


Oak Maturation

Wine from each vineyard/block was individually assessed for barrel selection and matured for an average of eighteen to twenty months in French Bordeaux barriques prior to blending. New oak consisted of 30% of the blend, balance being a combination of seasoned barriques up to four years of age.





Shottesbrooke Eliza 2016 $60

The grapes for this wine were picked in early March at optimum ripeness and immediately crushed and destemmed. The ferment was maintained, on skins, between 22-25C and once at its peak, the grapes were pressed to 100% new, high grade American oak hogsheads to allow the wine to finish its ferment. Malolactic fermentation was completed in the same barrels before racking twice over the next 19 months prior to bottling.


Vintage: 2016

Region: McLaren Vale

Grape Variety: Shiraz (100%)


Bouquet

Intense aromas of brooding dark fruit and savoury, spicy oak.


Palate

The full bodied palate is enticing, with rich, dark forest fruit flavours supported by layers of delightfully toasty oak and dark chocolate. The soft yet sturdy tannins provide a textural edge, before finishing with a pleasant length.


Winemaking

The grapes for this wine were picked in early March at optimum ripeness and immediately crushed and destemmed. The ferment was maintained, on skins, between 22-25C and once at its peak, the grapes were pressed to 100% new, high grade American oak hogsheads to allow the wine to finish its ferment. Malolactic fermentation was completed in the same barrels before racking twice over the next 19 months prior to bottling.


Awards

Gold Medal - Mundus Vini Spring Tasting 2019

Gold Medal - Tastings.com, USA

94 Points - James Halliday





Henschke Keyneton Euphonium $60

The grapes for this wine were picked in early March at optimum ripeness and immediately crushed and destemmed. The ferment was maintained, on skins, between 22-25C and once at its peak, the grapes were pressed to 100% new, high grade American oak hogsheads to allow the wine to finish its ferment. Malolactic fermentation was completed in the same barrels before racking twice over the next 19 months prior to bottling.


Vintage: 2017

Region: Barossa

Grape Variety: 62% Shiraz | 24% Cabernet Sauvignon | 11% Cabernet Franc | 3% Merlot


Wine Description

Deep garnet with pale garnet hues. Lifted aromas of red plum, mulberry, blackcurrant and black pepper, with supporting notes of thyme, bay leaf, charcuterie and cedary oak. A concentrated and powerful palate of mouth-watering ripe plum, blackberry and black and red currant, balanced by savoury white pepper, anise and tarragon, fresh and buoyant acidity and an exceptionally long, fine tannin finish.


Winemaking

Matured in 19% new and 81% seasoned French (85%) and American (15%) oak hogsheads for 18 months prior to blending and bottling.


Awards

95 Points - Halliday Wine Companion

94 Points - Wine Pilot

93 Points - James Suckling

95 Points - The Real Review