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Wirra Wirra RSW Shiraz 2012

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750ML / 14.5% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

Deep plum with a garnet rim. Bright exuberant aromatics of spice, tilled earth, ripe red fruits and hints of cedar and sandalwood.Complex notes of dried herb, blueberry and oyster sauce.A brooding, powerful core of earth and dark chocolate, underwritten by the darker, more savory notes ofgrilled meats, wood smoke and graphite. Structurally quite shy initially but finishing on the palate savory and with firm fine tannin structure providing wonderful length and textural intrigue.Drink now or in 12-16 years in appropriate cellaring conditions.

Slow cooked beef cheek with celeriac puree and wilted bok choy.

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WW 93
Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
Simply an amazing and powerful red wine, the stout 2012 Wirra Wirra RSW has plenty of richness to satisfy a wide range of food and palates. Very deep ruby, blackish color; rich and enticing aromas of raspberries, sweet earth, chocolate powder, sweet oak; medium to full bodied, smooth and stylish on the palate; dry, medium acidity, well balanced; rich flavors of red and blackberries, vanilla, and sweet earth; medium finish, lasting aftertaste. (Tasted: April 6, 2016, San Francisco, CA)
RP 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Medium to deep garnet/purple, the 2012 Shiraz RSW reveals fragrant spiced mulberries, underbrush, Chinese five spice and blackberry compote notes dotted with anise and vanilla. Full-bodied, plus and velvety in the mouth, this expressive red finishes long.
WE 92
Wine Enthusiast
This wine sees less new oak than many top-of-the-line Shiraz (30%), so it showcases mulberry and black cherry fruit. Sure, there's a hint of vanilla, but the oak plays a suitably supporting role, while the ripe fruit tannins are rich and velvety on the midpalate, then firm up a bit on the finish. Drink 2018–2030.
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Wirra Wirra, 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.

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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 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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Marked by an unmistakable deep purple hue and savory aromatics, Syrah makes an intense, powerful and often age-worthy red. Native to the Northern Rhône, Syrah achieves its maximum potential in the steep village of Hermitage and plays an important component in the Red Blends of Southern Rhône, adding color and structure to Grenache and Mourvèdre. Syrah is the most widely planted grape of Australia and is important in California and Washington. Sommelier Secret—Such a synergy these three create together, the Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre trio often takes on the shorthand term, “GSM.”

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