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Wirra Wirra RSW Shiraz 2013

Syrah/Shiraz from McLaren Vale, Australia
  • JH95
  • JS94
  • RP92
  • W&S90
  • WE90
14.5% ABV
  • JH96
  • JS95
  • RP91
  • JH97
  • WW93
  • RP92
  • WE92
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14.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Deep plum with garnet rim. Lifted spectrum of red, blue and dark fruits layered with dark bitter chocolate, fresh French cedar and earth. Rich with raspberries, blue fruits and black berries, the sophisticated palate is infused with spice and chocolate. There is great length and focus, and a wonderful balance between vibrancy, power and elegance.

Critical Acclaim

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JH 95
Australian Wine Companion
Three parcels from Blewitt Springs, McLaren Flat and Seaview (average age of vines 40 years) kept separate for the first 14 months maturation in French oak (20% new), then a barrel selection blended for the last 3 months. It is unashamedly full-bodied, with liqueur cherry, poached plum and blackberry jam fruit given the appropriate discipline of tar and ripe, but substantial tannins to bring it into balance .
JS 94
James Suckling
A carefully-crafted wine that has impressive depth and drive, plenty of concentration and layered, long tannins that hold impressively long through the finish. Dark plums, blackberries and black cherries, chocolate and liquorice all run riot. Give this time, there's plenty in the tank. Drink in 2020.
RP 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Medium to deep garnet/purple, the 2013 Shiraz RSW has tons of blackberry and spiced plum notes with menthol, spice box, cedar, vanilla and mocha hints. The densely packed palate is full and rich, shows good concentration and is structured by firm, grainy tannins and a long finish
W&S 90
Wine & Spirits
A strapping black shiraz with bristly tannins that hold the fruit before it pours out in the end with an explosion of blackberry flavor, this is lively, if impacted as a young wine. A selection of old-vine fruit from Blewitt Springs, McLaren Vale and McLaren Flat, this ages in French oak puncheons and barriques, 30 percent new. Give it bottle age for the tannins to relax, or some time in a decanter for a steak.
WE 90
Wine Enthusiast
Full bodied, muscular and intense, this brooding Shiraz is built for the cellar. Smoke and blackberries are crunchy with acid and primary fruit, finishing crisp. Drink 2018–2025.
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Wirra Wirra

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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Marked by unmistakable deep purple hue and savory aromatics, Syrah accounts for a good deal of some of the most intense, powerful and age-worthy reds in the world. Native to the Northern Rhône, Syrah still achieves some of its maximum potential here, especially from Hermitage and Côte-Rôtie.

Syrah also plays an important component in the canonical Southern Rhône blends based on Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre, adding color, depth, complexity and structure to the mix. Today these blends have become well-appreciated from key appellations of the New World, namely Australia, California and increasingly, with praise, from Washington.

In the Glass

Syrah typically shows aromas and flavors of purple fruits, fragrant violets, baking spice, white pepper and even bacon, smoke or black olive. In Australia, where it goes under the name Shiraz, it produces deep, dark, intense and often, jammy reds. While Northern Rhône examples are typically less fruity and more earthy, California appears increasingly capable of either style.

Perfect Pairings

Flavorful Moroccan-spiced lamb, grilled meats, spareribs and hard, aged cheeses are perfect with Syrah. Blue cheeses are perfect with a dense and fruit-driven Australian Shiraz.

Sommelier Secret

Due to the success of Australian “Shiraz,” winemakers throughout the world have adopted this synonym for Syrah when they have produced a plush and fruit forward wine made in the Australian style. As an aside, Australians are also fond of tempering their fruit-forward Shiraz by blending with Cabernet Sauvignon, which adds depth and structure.

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