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Wirra Wirra Scrubby Rise Red 2012

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3.6 8 Ratings
14.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

The 2012 Scrubby Rise Red Blend possesses brilliant deep crimson color with vibrant cherry red edge. On the nose, Pungent plum, raspberries and rhubarb mixed with red licorice and eucalyptus spice. The palate is soft and juicy with rich plums and rhubarb. The plush fruit dominates and is supported by subtle cedary oak and bright acid. Bright, juicy and fresh.

Pairs well with caramelized onion and boccocini pizza topped with fresh roquette.

Critical Acclaim

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JH 89
Australian Wine Companion
Bright purple-crimson; the 2012 Vintage produced wonderful SA reds right across the price-point pyramid; this wine is entirely fruit-driven, its light to medium-bodied palate with vibrantly fresh fruits and super fine tannins, ready whenever you are.
WW 89
Wilfred Wong of
What do the Aussies know about red blends? Well, plenty and the 2012 Wirra Wirra Scrubby Rise is proof. This wine is put together very well; shows excellent balance and style. Deep ruby color; fine and intriguing aroma of ripe fruit, fine leather and sweet earth, fine depth; medium bodied, layered and smooth on the palate; grapey, red and black fruits in the flavors, with a floral hint; medium finish, a soft touch in the aftertaste. (Tasted: April 6, 2016, San Francisco, CA)
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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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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 enhance balance or create complexity, lending different layers of flavors and aromas. For example, a variety that creates a fruity and full-bodied wine would do well combined with one that is naturally high in acidity and tannins. 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.

HNYWIWSRR12C_2012 Item# 127470