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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%

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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
James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
To 2021
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
To 2020
Australian Wine Companion 2013
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.
The Australian Wine Annual 2013
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
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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

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