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2015 Wirra Wirra Original Blend Grenache Shiraz

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Wirra Wirra have been a 'go to' producers for many years now, and this fuller-bodied grenache shiraz blend offers decent value for money. Smells of raspberries, dark cherries, soft spice and purple florals lift from the glass, whilst the palate is quite juicy and easy going, with fleshy berry flavours, some softness to the tannins, and a lush spicy finish. Great with tomatoey meat dishes.

Winemaker's Notes

Grape variety: Grenache (70%), Shiraz (30%)

Colour: Vivid crimson with vibrant deep red hue

Bouquet: Perfumed forest berries, cherries and raspberries with freshly tilled earth, rose petals, nutmeg and ginger spice

Palate: The palate displays a spectrum of fruits including cherries, raspberries and blueberries. The bright fruits provide a lovely mid palate fleshiness, with the fruit being supported by fine savoury tannins and waves of spice

Drink: Whilst attractive and easy to drink now, grenache ages beautifully and this wine will continue to develop over the next 4 to 12 years

Food match: Beef Bourguignon (Beef Burgundy Stew)

Alc/vol: 14.5%

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2015 Wirra Wirra Original Blend Grenache Shiraz

Expert Reviews

Campbell Mattinson (2015 Vintage) says
The lineage of this Original Blend goes back over 40 years. It’s a seriously drinkable wine. It’s red-fruited and light- to medium-bodied, and a lot of folks are looking for gutsier/darker options. Fair enough. This isn’t a wine to sway folks over to grenache or grenache-based blends, its sweet raspberry and red cherry notes proudly displayed. That’s part of its charm. It also shows fennel and great splashes of dried spice, the end result therefore seeming complex/fruity/savoury/charming all at once. If you like the Original Blend, this 2015 is a very good version of it.
2016 - 2021
Jeremy Oliver (2012 Vintage) says
A vibrant, spicy and easy-drinking red blend whose pristine aromas of dark plums, cassis, blackberries and sweet cedar/vanilla oak are lifted by fresh, grenache-driven floral notes and a peppery hint of shiraz. Medium in weight. It's supple and elegant, with a dusty, loose-knit spine beneath its slightly jammy and lightly oaked expression of blueberries and dark plums, finishing with pleasing length, blance and a soft acidity.
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition 2014
Jeremy Oliver (2011 Vintage) says
Honest, flavoursome and well-mannered, with a spicy floral fragrance of fresh blackberries, blueberries, raspberries and suggestions of dark plum backed by light vanilla oak and a hint of mint. It's supple and generous, medium to full-bodied, with a juicy presence of bright red, blue and black fruits supported by a firm, pliant backbone before a long, persistent finish of dark berry flavour.
The Australian Wine Annual 2013 2012
James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition 2013
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
Very juicy, open and drinkable, this charmingly floral and supple young blend has a heady bouquet of violets, rose garden, blackberries, blueberries, cassis and raspberries lifted by a whiff of sweet oak. It's smooth and silky, with a bright, pastille-like fruitfulness underpinned by fine, dusty tannins. It finishes long and fresh, with lingering flavours of small dark berries and licorice.
The Australian Wine Annual 2012
Nick Stock (2010 Vintage) says
This has a generousity about it, with gentle meaty fermentation characters, some lightly toasted mocha oak, peppered red fruits and fresh earthy notes. The palate leads with bright red fruits; hints of plum and fine tannins run from start to finish. Approachable balance.
The Good Wine Guide 2012
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Clear, bright colour; a 70/30% blend with a fragrant bouquet of red berries that continues on into the medium-bodied palate; the wine has excellent structure and striking purity, the tannins slightly savoury, and adding contrast.
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Light but bright hue; attractively weighted and textured wine, the red fruits of the grenache complexed and structured by the darker notes of the shiraz; a totally delicious wine for early drinking.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Light, bright and clear; a deliciously juicy and vibrant wine, with a cornucopia of red fruit flavours on the light- to medium-bodied palate; great summer drinking while it retains its freshness over the next few years.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2008 Vintage) says
We love a good grenache-shiraz blend. It's a great tradition in Australia - particularly from McLaren Vale - and should be more highly valued. Bursting with musky perfume and red fruits of the raspberry and cherry persuasion, with a little earthiness and a delightful peanutty flavour. It's medium- to full-bodied, supple and creamy - it strikes an excellent balance between sweet and savoury. Has length, balance and abundant charm. It's one of those wines that we'd love to rate much higher, such is its drinkability and general loveliness.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
James Halliday (1998 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; bright, fresh fruit of light to medium intensity drives both the bouquet and palate, where sweet berry fruit and soft, ripe tannins coalesce. A few years in bottle will bring good complexity
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
James Halliday (1996 Vintage) says
Bright red-purple; an ultra-fragrant bouquet with wonderful Grenache varietal character coming through, supported by the Shiraz. There are spicy berry aromas and flavours throughout, yet the wine is not the least bit jammy. Simply delicious.
Australian Wine Companion 1999 1998

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