96 Points James Halliday
Taking its name from the ¾ tonne Angelus Bell that sits proudly atop their cellars, the name “The Angelus” is reserved for exceptional parcels of cabernet sauvignon released each vintage to showcase the best of McLaren Vale. Wonderful structure and length with long-term cellaring potential.
Wirra Wirra sources fruit from a combination of owned vineyards and premium McLaren Vale growers. The blend of individual vineyard and sub-regional characteristics is the key to the resulting style. Blended from a diverse combination of old vine McLaren Vale sites – typically low in vigour, producing modest yields of intense fruit. Soils range from red clay and limestone to deep sands over ironstone base. Oak Maturation Each vineyard block was individually assessed for barrel selection. Each batch was matured separately for 20 months in 100% French Bordeaux oak prior to blending. New oak consisted of 30% of the blend. The balance was a combination of two to four year old oak.
“Underrated by many, McLaren Vale produces some very fine cabernet sauvignons, and this is one of them. Beautifully fragrant with red berry/mulberry and a leafy note. The palate is medium to full-bodied, superfine tannins roll on and on, ably backed by blackcurrant and cassis.” – 96 Points James Halliday