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Wirra Wirra Church Block CSM 2012

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Winemaker Notes

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 favorite.

In 2009 we celebrated the 10 year anniversary since we phased out cork closures and moved to screw caps, by creating the world's largest cork sculpture – a 10M tall bottle of Church Block.

Deep plum in color with vivid red hues. Richly aromatic nose of preserved plums, kirsch and dark summer fruits with complexing notes of subtle cedar, milk chocolate, dried fig and sweet spices. Rich, layered and voluptuous palate with abundant fruit flesh. Flavors of grilled nuts, smoked meats and ripe plums flood the palate balanced with Cabernet led fine savory structure.

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A masterly display for a $20 wine, for all the inputs have worked to perfection, black fruits, spices and cedar in happy union. Great value.
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Wirra Wirra

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Wirra Wirra, McLaren Vale, Australia
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Wirra Wirra Vineyards was originally established in 1894 by known South Australian eccentric and 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 1926. The winery ran into disrepair and was eventually abandoned. In 1969 under the watchful eye of the late Greg Trott and his cousin Roger, the winery was rebuilt from the remnants of two walls and some slate fermenting tanks. As with all subsequent Trott endeavours, it was the sheer magnitude and unlikeliness of the project that made it so attractive.

McLaren Vale

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Known for opulent red wines with intense power and concentration, McLaren Vale is home to perhaps the most “classic” style of Australian Shiraz. Vinified on its own or in Rhône blends with Grenache and Mourvèdre, these hot-climate wines are deeply colored and high in extract and alcohol with signature hints of dark chocolate and licorice. Cabernet Sauvignon is also produced in a similar style. Whites, often made from Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc tend to be opulent and full of tropical, stone and citrus fruit.

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With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to create complex wines with many different layers of flavors and aromas, or to create more balanced wines. For example, a variety that is soft and full-bodied may be combined with one that is lighter with naturally high acidity. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

WBO30104145_2012 Item# 140593