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Wirra Wirra Church Block Cabernet Shiraz Merlot

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Wirra Wirra Church Block Cabernet Shiraz Merlot

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Tyson Stelzer (2012 Vintage) says
2012 is a standout vintage in the great forty-year lineage of Church Block, promising strong potential in the cellar. This is a release of beautifully focused restraint, varietal confidence and slowly uncoiling depth of black and red fruit integrity. Tannins are very fine and mineral, drawing out a long and well-focused finish.
James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition 2013
Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
Wirra could not have prayed for a more perfect vintage for the fortieth release of Church Block, and the good Lord has delivered black fruit density, light-footed elegance and lifted perfume like never before.
WINE100 2012
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
Finely balanced, this elegant and finely structured blend has a dusty, fresh and lightly spicy bouquet of cassis, raspberries, dark cherries and plums knit with cedary, lightly chocolatey/vanilla oak and lifted by a violet-like perfume. It's long, supple and stylish, with an excellent length of dark, juicy fruits underpinned by firm, pliant tannins.
The Australian Wine Annual 2013 2012
Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says
It’s frankly hilarious that you can pick up a wine for $17 at Kemeny’s and Dan Murphy’s that will shine for twenty years! I’d never believe it if I hadn’t been dazzled by a line of ‘80s and ‘90s Church Blocks recently. There must be some divine intervention going on here and 09 has sure been blessed.
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
This cabernet/shiraz/merlot blend is the wine that really defined the Wirra project. Aromas of ripe red and purple berry fruits here, cassis and plum, some leafy dry Aussie bush complexity, and blueberries too. The palate's driven by cabernet's purple-cherry and cassis flavours and steady reliable tannins, with more fleshy shiraz and merlot adding to the equation. Bright, nicely ripened and well-balanced red here.
The Good Wine Guide 2012
Rob Geddes MW (2008 Vintage) says
A lavish, ripe-fruited wine with lush ripe blackberry subtle spice and a plump feel to the seamlessly welded velvety tannins.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2008 Vintage) says
This year it's a blend of cabernet sauvignon (48 per cent) and shiraz (37 per cent). Test your maths - the rest is merlot. 'Scuse the French but the words 'That's bloody nice' passed our lips after tasting this. It's jam-packed with juicy blueberry and black jellybean flavour, complemented here by a layer of almond and cedar-like notes, likely from oak. There's a touch of bitter herbs on exit but no problem - the seduction has well and truly taken place by then
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
Campbell Mattinson (2006 Vintage) says
This is a blend of cabernet sauvignon, shiraz and merlot. It routinely outperforms its price. 2006 RELEASE Tip-top red wine drinking. The more I drank of it the more perfect it seemed - I think I'm going to have to nab me a case. It's perfectly balanced and perfectly powered, bangs of blackcurrant and blackberry-like flavour easing into fine, perfectly ripened tannins. Oh how I wish that all reds at this price were as good as this, DRINK 2008-2012.
The Big Red Wine Book 2008
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Good purple-red; bright, fresh red and black fruits with a touch of chocolate; good length and tannin support; likewise French oak. Cabernet/Shiraz/Merlot.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Multi-faceted aromas and flavours of cassis, blackcurrant and spice; good texture and structure.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
An illustrious blend of 50 per cent cabernet sauvignon, 30 per cent shiraz and 20 per cent merlot which spends 18 months in French oak. Strong, bright red-purple; the solid bouquet has a mix of dark berry and regional chocolate fruit, the richly textured and structured palate with abundant flavour. Keeps the faith.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
James Halliday (1998 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; the bouquet is quite firm and surprisingly earthy, but the palate is much riper and richer, with cassis and dark chocolate flavours leading the way. A touch of the earth of the bouquet lingers but does not detract from the wine
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001

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