Wirra’s Flagship Wine
96 Points & Special Value Wine James Halliday
Named Robert Strangways Wigley, a noted South Australian eccentric and state cricketer who established Wirra Wirra back in 1894. Each vintage they take pride in producing a flagship shiraz that befits McLaren Vale’s reputation as a first class producer of this varietal and home to some of the oldest shiraz vines in the world.
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 and matured separately for 19 months in 100% French (predominantly Burgundian) oak prior to blending. New oak consisted of 30% of the blend. The balance was a combination of two to three year old oak.
“The continued refinement of the flagship wines from Wirra Wirra is evident in the ’14 RSW. Darkly coloured and darkly fruited, the palate is finely poised with grainy, slatey tannins saturated in blackberry-laden fruit, the finish long, savoury and extremely fine.” – 96 Points & Special Value Wine James Halliday