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2015 Wirra Wirra Woodhenge McLaren Vale Shiraz

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Wirra Wirra have a fine tradition of quirkiness 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

Woodhenge is a monument to ‘big’ ideas and to Greg Trott’s unique vision of what makes Wirra Wirra special and well, a bloody big fence that weighs about 10 tonnes. This wine is a tribute to the region, the grape variety and the foresight of a wine man that, like Woodhenge, typifies the individuality of McLaren Vale.

Colour: Deep plum with a bright crimson hue.

Bouquet: Bright and generous Shiraz fruits are peppered with the cedar and spice of carefully chosen oak and a deep, rich earthiness.

Palate: Bold, fruitful and structured, the palate delivers all the fleshy, generous fruit and powerful tannin for which McLaren Vale Shiraz is sought out, with a balance of weight and freshness that will reward careful cellaring.

Drink: 8 - 15 years in appropriate cellaring conditions.

Food Match: Braised beef cheeks with Salsa Verde and creamy garlic mash.

Vineyards: The fruit for the 2015 Woodhenge Shiraz is sourced fruit from vineyards in the Seaview, Whites Valley, McLaren Flat and Maslin sub regions.

Oak Maturation: 18 months in a combination of French and American oak barriques. New oak component was 40%, the balance made up of one, two and three year old barrels.

Vinification: Fruit parcels of typical Woodhenge style were selected from some of the warmer, earlier ripening blocks closer to the coast: rich generous McLaren Vale Shiraz fruit, with the Wirra Wirra style stamped firmly over it. Gently crushed and de-stemmed to open top and static fermenters, parcels were tasted twice daily by the Wirra Wirra winemakers to determine the number of daily plunges and pump overs for tannin, colour and flavour extraction. Once pressed and sugar dry, parcels were run to oak barrels to complete malolactic fermentation. These individual vineyard parcels were racked and returned separately throughout maturation, the final selection was blended at 18 months of age. The wine was fined lightly with egg white, filtered and bottled.

Alc/vol: 14.67% Gold Medal 2017 Sélections Mondiales des Vins Canada Wine Competition

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