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Australian Wine Centre

Wirra Wirra Church Block 2018

Deep plum with a scarlet edge. Defined by fragrant red and black cabernet fruits with rich plums, surrounded by leaf and polished leather. Bright red and black fruits are framed by fine sandy tannins and fresh cedar. The wine displays a lovely brightness and generosity of fruit that is the hallmark of McLaren Vale, with the supporting tannin structure to reward medium-term ageing.


“This latest vintage of the McLaren Vale winery’s best-known and sough-after label reveals another step up in quality. Winemaker Paul Smith’s judicious blending of cabernet sauvignon, shiraz and merlot is in near-perfect balance, its flavours both generous and subtle.”     John Fordham, Sunday Telegraph

 

2017 Church Block is an eternal favourite of mine in both 100 Best and my other writing, too. In 2017 this is a feisty, naughty edgy wine with an unpredictable attitude, hinting that it is a non-conformist in this vintage. Just when you thought you could predict that Church Block would always taste the same (i.e. great), it has released a wine which shows that it can have fun, push the boundaries and tweak the taste buds like never before.

Matthew Jukes, 100 Best Australian Wines 2019/20

This is in good shape in this vintage with very clear cabernet cassis and blackcurrant aromas, as well as leaves and red fruit. The palate has a very evenly paced build with layers of tannin and a smooth, juicy and deep finish. A blend of 52% cabernet sauvignon 39% shiraz and 9% merlot. Drink or hold.

Nick Stock, JamesSuckling.com 92

An affordable benchmark of Australia’s definitive blend for 46 years, I recommend Church Block all the time, and my endorsement will become even more vocal with the unleashing of this stunning cool vintage! I love the contrast of vibrant acidity and lively spice this year, and Wirra has tactically juxtaposed this with deep, crunch black fruits and high cocoa dark chocolate oak. Super-fine tannins draw out a long and accurate finish. Drink it now or cellar it for a decade, just don’t miss this stunning vintage.

Tyson Stelzer, Wine Business Magazine 93




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