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2014 Wirra Wirra Woodhenge Shiraz

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Wirra Wirra have a fine tradition of quirkyness thanks to the eccentric founder Greg Trott. This wine tips its hat to the legacy left by Trott and the massive post and rail fence that greets visitors as they visit the winery. Nothing quirky about the wine though, which illustrates the essence of McLaren Vale Shiraz with black fruit, cinnamon and chocolate before a complex array of plum fruit, dark chocolate and succulent, mouth-filling tannins. It’s hearty and wholesome so would go even better with a big steak.

Winemaker's Notes

Colour: Deep plum with a bright crimson hue

Bouquet: A vibrant, full spectrum of red, blue and black fruits with an earthy, peaty depth. Layers of vanilla, dark chocolate and oak spices add further rich complexity

Palate: A dense core of satsuma plums and dark berry fruits layered with spice and leather. The mouth filling fruits are balanced by compact, fine tannins providing a wine of weight, structure and persistence

Drink: 8 - 13 years in appropriate cellaring conditions

Food match: Aged, grain fed porterhouse with sautéed mushrooms and endives

Alc/vol: 14.5%

expert reviews about

2014 Wirra Wirra Woodhenge Shiraz

Expert Reviews

Wine Companion (2014 Vintage) says
Darkly coloured and jam-packed with blackberry, tar, anise and a lick of dried herbs. Plush and expansive, finely grained tannins hold everything in check. Long, and requiring many years.
Drink by 2028
95
Rob Geddes MW (2011 Vintage) says
Seamless example of the winemakers art in a tough year. Scents of sandal wood, vanilla oak spice with black berry leading to tastes of smooth berry fruit with an even line and length of fruit and tannins, and very good oak support. Serve with mushroom risotto.
2016
Rob Geddes MW
86
James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
To 2021
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
94
Jeremy Oliver (2011 Vintage) says
Elegant and approachable, with a sweet, violet-like scent of cassis, mulberries and balckberries, dusty cedary oak and a hint of spice. It?s smooth and polished, with a faintly meaty and leathery edge to its intense dark bnerry and plum-like fruit. Charminghly long, it's finely balanced with cedar/chocolatey oak and fine chalky tannis, finishing with freshness and softness.
2016-2019
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
91
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
To 2020
Australian Wine Companion 2013
92
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
Stylish and medium to full-bodied, with a slightly meaty fragrance of cassis, raspberries and blackberries lifted by a hint of blue flowers and backed by smoky, cedary oak and roast chestnut. Smooth and silky, it's translucently intense, with a piercing expression of small black and red berries knit with cedary oak and underpinned by firmish, pliant tannins. It finishes with finesse, elegance and balance.
2018-2022+
The Australian Wine Annual 2013
94
Rob Geddes MW (2010 Vintage) says
Good modern style with fragrant fruit full of silky soft tannins generous middle palate full of regional fruit with darkcherry and blackberry and lick of spice and a soft long finish.
2016
Rob Geddes MW
88
Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says
McLaren Vale has no problem with concentration of glossy, polished plum and dark berry fruits, but it's the firm, finely structured fruit and oak tannins that set Woodhenge off as a style that will age confidently.
WINE 100 Magazine - 2011 2011
92
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
92
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
Made from rather overcooked and raisined fruit, this is a finely cultivated, smooth and well handled wine whose briary, spicy bouquet of raspberries, redcurrants, blackberries, blueberries and mocha overlies suggestions of briar, cherry and dark chocolate. Medium to full-bodied and supported by fine tannins, it delivers a reasonable length and depth of fruit.
The Australian Wine Annual 2012
89
Rob Geddes MW (2009 Vintage) says
Fragrant fruit rich roasted coffee oak and full of regional generous fruit with dark plum and blackberry full-bodied long firm slightly dry finish.
Rob Geddes MW
89
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
90
Rob Geddes MW (2008 Vintage) says
Fragrant fruit, rich roasted coffee oak and full of regional generous fruit with dark plum and blackberry, full-bodied, long, firm, slightly dry finish.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
85
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2008 Vintage) says
As with last year's release this is a take-no-prisoners style, though the flavours are very well controlled. Plums and cherries (slightly lighter flavours than you might expect) are matched to obvious, but delicious, oak notes of cedarwood and fresh sawdust. It's tangy but intense, and saves the best part to last - it has excellent persistence and lovely fine-grained tannin. Excellent fruit purity here.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
93
Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says
The best wine yet under this label is juicy, rich and generous, with a spicy, smoky presence of concentrated plums, blueberries and blackberries handsomely partnered by sweet, smoky cedar/vanilla oak. It's smooth and lusciously ripened, with a regional sour-edged aspect and a firmish but polished underswell of pliant tannins.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
92
Rob Geddes MW (2007 Vintage) says
Fragrant fruit, rich roasted coffee oak and full of regional generous fruit with dark plum and blackberry, full-bodied, long, firm, slightly dry finish.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010 2009
87
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Blackberry, redcurrant and chocolate, with a touch of fruitcake in the background; the palate is dense and full of warm and very ripe fruit; chewy tannin and bright acidity on the finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
92
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2007 Vintage) says
Samantha Gonnew is the chief winemaker at Wirra Wirra and, truth is, she's among the best in the world at what she does. This is a big, juicy hit of dark-berried flavour. Talk about take no prisoners. However, its chains of tannin elevate it beyond 'fruit-bomb' status. Blackberry, tar, coal, chocolate and hay, its heart rich and smooth and its structure firm. Indeed, there's a lot of grip here, and a lot of flavour - on a cold night, it would taste superb.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
93
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Deeply coloured with dark chocolatey fruits; full-bodied and deep, with a savoury, dry and firm finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
93
Nick Stock (2006 Vintage) says
Making the very most of the late Greg Trott's persona, this wine takes its name from the oversized front fence he added to the winery entrance. Big and bold but still easygoing, there's deep berry and plum fruits, dark toasted spice, roasted meats and boot polish - all knitted up in fine juicy tannins. Plenty of oak! Enjoy this in its youth.
Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
90
Campbell Mattinson (2006 Vintage) says
Samantha Gonnew is the chief winemaker at Wirra Wirra and she's among the best in the world at what she does. She's improved the Wirra reds immeasurably over the past few years. 2006 RELEASE Do you like thick, syrupy, smooth-as-silk red wine? Do you like it riddled with sweet, dark, ripe fruit flavours, overlaid with a light tap of savoury French oak? Do you like red wine that impresses from the first pour, and keeps purring at you all the way to the end of the bottle? Thought you might. This wine does all that, with ease, DRINK 2008-2012.
The Big Red Wine Book 2008
94
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Medium-bodied, but with abundant power from the blackberry, licorice and dark chocolate fruit; fine tannins and good oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
91
Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says
Smooth and easy-drinking, with sweet, juicy flavours of cassis, blackberries and plums and a cedar, dark chocolate and vanilla-like contribution from oak cooperage. It's spicy and lively, and while it lacks great length, it's relatively seamless and approachable.
Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
88
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
A very attractive medium-bodied regional style; luscious black and red fruits with a strong skein of chocolate; confident oak handling, and a long finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
94
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
Briary aromas of blackberries, raspberries, plums and cranberries with sweet undertones of vanilla and dark chocolate oak precede a spicy, fullish and velvet-like palate. Framed by soft, pliant tannin, its sumptuous palate of juicy dark fruit has a slightly jammy and meaty edge, finishing smooth and savoury with lingering nuances of licorice. Nicely oaked and balanced.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
91
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Smooth, supple and round; fully ripe fruit flavours have absorbed the oak; soft, ripe tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
90

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