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2016 Wirra Wirra Hiding Champion Sauvignon Blanc

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Where do you hide a champion? Or, more importantly, why is he/she hiding in the first place? We don't have the answer to either question, but what we do know is that this is a champion wine. Champion flavour, champion intensity and champion freshness. Just a classic Adelaide Hills Sauv for immediate drinking joy.

Winemaker's Notes

Greg Trott, founder of Wirra Wirra, was a ‘wanderer’. A simple run to the local shops might evolve into an interstate luncheon, phone seemingly absent from the journey. He would return a day or so later, bemused by the fuss. Although one ‘unplanned’ visit to the UK was a stretch, even by his standards. Over time we accepted that Trotty was in training to become the Olympic hiding champion and it became part of the life at Wirra Wirra.

Grape Variety: Sauvignon Blanc (100%).

Colour: Pristine, pale straw with flashes of quartz green.

Bouquet: Attractive, pungent aromatics showcasing grapefruit and passionfruit in wonderful harmony, with light touches of gooseberry and leaf.

Palate: Full of brightness and verve the entire length of the palate, the wine is super fresh and tangy with lemongrass, lime and passionfruit. Fine, long, and linear, with a beautiful mouth-watering acidity, fruit-driven texture and an elegant line typical of the Hiding Champion style.

Drink: Drink whilst young and fresh.

Food Match: Linguine with pippies, chilli and lemon.

Vinification: Handpicked grapes were de-stemmed, crushed and cooled to 5•C while being transferred to the airbag press. The juice was then pressed into stainless steel tank, keeping the free run and pressings separate. Juice was cold settled for a week at around 2 degrees and then racked from gross juice lees. The free-run juice parcel was warmed and inoculated with yeast to begin fermentation. Fermentation temperature is kept low to maintain pristine aromatics. Once fermentation is dry the wine is then chilled and stabilised prior to filtration & bottling.

Alc/vol: 13.0%

expert reviews about

2016 Wirra Wirra Hiding Champion Sauvignon Blanc

Expert Reviews

Campbell Mattinson (2016 Vintage) says
Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc in good form. This hits the spot. Intensity of fruit is excellent; so too freshness; so too zippy, fruit-filled length. It’s crisp, clean and generous, but well-honed to close. Neat and tidy kind of thing. It works.
2016 - 2017
90
James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
Pale straw-green; eleganty encapsulates all the qualities of Adelaide Hills that make the region the best in Australia for sauvignon blanc, in no need of semillon or oak to push its credentials; totally delicious tropical fruit salad driven by the urgency of citrussy acidity. Exceptional value.
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition 2013
95
Jeremy Oliver (2012 Vintage) says
Pungent, grassy, nettle-like vegetal aromas of ripe gooseberries and lemos reveal nuances ofc wet slate It's long and juicy, with intense passionfruit, lychee and gooseberry fruit extending towards a greenish but tightly focused finish of slightly unsual. citrusy acids.
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition 2014
87
James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
Light straw-green; a contrasting bouquet of grass, kiwi fruit, guava and passion fruit is replayed on the lively palate, ending with a flourish of citrussy acidity.
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
94
Jeremy Oliver (2011 Vintage) says
While it offers some bright, punchy varietal lychee,passionfruit and gooseberry-like flavour lifted by a perfume of white flowers and backed by a fine chalkiness, this rather forward and greenish sauvignon blanc becomes quite herbaceous and sweet towards the finish.
The Australian Wine Annual 2013 2012
87
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
90
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
Punchy, pungent and marginally sweaty, this herbaceous sauvignon Wane reveals pleasingly intense aromas of gooseberries, melon and lychees. It's forward and juicy, with a fine length of tropical and gooseberry flavours underpinned by a slight chalkiness, finishing with a fresh balance of fruit and acidity, with perhaps a hint of sweetness.
The Australian Wine Annual 2012
90
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Has wonderful energy and thrust from start to finish, aromas and flavours principally revolving around citrus and gooseberry, but with lesser intrusions here and there in Trott fashion; the vibrant finish and crystal-clear aftertaste are the best parts of a delicious, food-friendly wine.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
95
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Early picking has paid big dividends, with a chorus of juicy flavours running from apple to tropical; the palate vibrant, the finish fresh.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
95
Tyson Stelzer (2008 Vintage) says
This delightfully fresh and pure Sauvignon is built on very fine, minerally acidity and green apple skin texture. Its long finish is accented with subtle lemon fruit and passionfruit overtones. This is another example of the professionalismt of the Wirra outfit - another extraordinary result in the midst of the most challenging vintage of the history of the winery.
WBM Wine 100 2011
93
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Opens quietly, progressively building intensity through to the back-palate, finish and aftertaste; grass, citrus and a touch of passion fruit.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
94
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
A faintly sweaty bouquet, then a palate with apple and gooseberry flavours supported by a mineral structure.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
89
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Slightly smoky edges to the bouquet; delicate pear, apple and gooseberry fruit supported by crunchy acidity.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
90
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Clean, crisp and fresh; subdued varietal fruit, but nice minerally texture; may develop.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
89
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
86
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Light to medium yellow-green; a spotlessly clean and crisp bouquet ranges through herb, gooseberry and citrus; the ultra-crisp and tingling, lemony palate has mouth-puckering acidity, needing time to settle down.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
90
James Halliday (1999 Vintage) says
Light to medium yellow-green; a clean, somewhat pedestrian bouquet with some herbal notes is followed by a palate which has weight but which is not particularly focused
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
84
James Halliday (1997 Vintage) says
Medium yellow-green; there is an attractive mix of tropical and gooseberry fruit aromas on the bouquet, supported on the palate by some minerally characters which aid the structure. Fine and long flavoured.
Australian Wine Companion 1999 1998
87

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