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2015 Wirra Wirra Catapult Shiraz

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The late, great Greg Trott was the eccentric mind behind this McLaren Vale powerhouse and he was rather taken with the idea of having a trebuchet in his back yard, so he aimed to build one. It did not happen in his lifetime but the team at Wirra did complete it soon after. This Shiraz named after the Catapult in question will lob a taste of the Vale onto your palate with immense accuracy. It’s got a splash of Viognier in the mix making it perfumed, rich and heady with opulent fruit and an injection of spice. The fruit is balanced by velvety tannins, before a long, silky finish. We suggest you open the Catapult, take aim and fire down the hatch.

Winemaker's Notes

Colour: Vivid red with brilliant purple edge

Bouquet: Fresh red currants and blueberries leap from the glass and are interwoven with violets and a phenol spice

Palate: Juicy raspberries, blueberries and spice fill the mouth and are supported by bright acid and silky tannins. The palate is fleshy, juicy and plush with wonderful medium bodied balance and style. Drink upon release and up to 8 years

Food match: Braised beef short ribs with fennel seeds

Alc/vol: 14.5%

expert reviews about

2015 Wirra Wirra Catapult Shiraz

Expert Reviews

Jeremy Oliver (2011 Vintage) says
Gentle, smooth and silky, this fine-grained shiraz has a musky spicy and lightly oaked bouquet of dark plums and blackberries backed by delicate scents of cloves, cinnamon and licroice. Medium in weight it's clear and elegant , with pastille-like flavours of cassis, blackberries, briar and restrained oak supported by supple tannis, before finishing with pleasing length and fresh acids.
2013-2016+
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
90
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
2016
Australian Wine Companion 2012
90
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
Ultra-ripe, this moderately rich, medium weight shiraz blend is best enjoyed young, while its dusty, peppery and faintly meaty presence of blackberries and blueberries retains freshness and juiciness. Underpinned by firmish, drying tannins, it's backed by briary, licorice-like notes and sweet but restrained cedary oak, becoming rather lean and sinewy towards the finish.
The Australian Wine Annual
88
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
90
Nick Stock (2008 Vintage) says
This has settled down since first tasted, and the viognier's looking more at home amid the red and dark berries and liquorice of McLaren Vale. With plenty of flavour and nicely judged balance, it's more mid-weight than full. A stripe of toasty oak through the back; coffee to close.
The Good Wine Guide 2012
90
Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says
A juicy, contemporary blend whose spicy, briary and slightly jammy aromas of sweet black and reed berries and cedar/ vanilla oak reveal nuances of stonefruit. It's smooth and juicy, elegant and approachable, with a luscious depth of vibrant flavour underpinned by a velvet-like undercarriage before a slightly smoky and savoury finish of lingering fruit, meaty complexity and fresh, soft acids.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
91
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
A dark mocha personality; a suggestion of florals from the viognier; sweet fruited on the palate, with dark chewy fruit persisting to the finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
88
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2007 Vintage) says
The 2006 version was one of the great finds of last year, and this is nearly as good. It may be hard to track down, though - best bet is to contact the cellar door. The wine is super-smooth. It slinks across your tongue like a black cat, its dark flavours brimming with life. Blackberries, kirsch, spice and toasty oak, the viognier adding texture more than flavour. It's a pretty wine made to be served at the dinner table - to impress people.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
92
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Great colour; highly aromatic with florals and dark roasted meats on offer; dense and chewy, with a fine, even finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
92
Campbell Mattinson (2006 Vintage) says
They're mostly selling this through the Wirra Wirra cellar door, and through restaurant wine lists. It might then, be a bit hard to find, but grab a drink of this if you can. 2006 RELEASE I'm tempted to call this wine fabulous fun but it's better than that. No wonder Wirra Wirra has become known as such a red wine star. Rich, soft, commanding fruit flavour, the mix of bright, floral aromatics beautifully accented by tight tannin and alluring flavours of smoky, sawdusty oak. The fruit is bold and plummy - this is a complete red wine drinking package. DRINK 2008-2012.
The Big Red Wine Book 2008
92
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Typical, bright purple-red; full-on regional dark chocolate shapes the wine far more than the small touch of viognier; medium- to full-bodied, but not extractive; good texture, structure and length.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
93
Ken Gargett (2005 Vintage) says
I well remember the evening Wirra Wirra 'launched' this wine—they decided to do it literally. They borrowed a giant trebuchet, which is one of those enormous medieval catapult contraptions, and we fired watermelons lit with sparklers into the nearby vineyards. Messy. Some wineries would pull a stunt like that to deflect attention from a lesser wine, but not here. This is a stunner. Great aromatics, seamless integration, bursting with flavour.
Don't Buy Wine Without Me 2008 2007
93

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