Wine Last Sold on: January 27, 2013
Wirra Wirra Vineyards
2007 RSW Shiraz
|Region:||Australia: McLaren Vale (South)|
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- Agent Red
- Send Agent Red to Australia, in search of the ultimate expression of Shiraz. Secure all available cases for our discerning Operatives.
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- Samantha Connew & Paul Smith
Today’s extraordinary 2007 Wirra Wirra RSW Shiraz comes very highly recommended and delivers an unparalleled drinking experience.
Wine Enthusiast Magazine gave this wine a big 91 point score, making clear that this winning wine is worth every penny.
Loaded with juicy, dark fruit on the nose and on the palate, this Aussie Shiraz impressed our tasting panel with its balance and style. Our panel found this wine to be very complex for a Shiraz, delivering a drinking experience reminiscent of a whopping big Napa Cabernet.
Pair this food-friendly wine with a thick juicy steak with a fresh ground green peppercorn and butter rub.
Dark and inky with deep garnet hues. The core of the wine is slightly opaque, giving the wine a highly concentrated overall look.
Complex, dark, and lush with bold blackberry, dark plum and mixed berry compote out in front. As the wine breathes, subtle hints of eucalyptus and thyme, light leather, clove, toasted coconut, and dark cacao powder also emerge.
This wine leads with big, juicy fruit flavors. The flavors closely mirror the aromas; smoky, well-balanced flavors of dried sour cherry and cranberry coat the palate.
Long and lingering. Plush and velvety, this wine shows fine, integrated tannins that drive fruit and a hint black pepper straight down the middle of the palate.
What the Winery Says
Although distinctively McLaren Vale in it’s aromatics of blueberries and dark chocolate, there are plenty of secondary characters of cedar and warm leather. Spicy notes are also evidenced by elements of black pepper and chicory.
Whilst rich and generous (blood plums and violets are the dominating characters on the palate) what impresses the most is a tremendous power through fine grained tannin and high toned oak. The tannins are compact and dense.
Drink upon release and up to 10-15 years from vintage.
Veal cutlets stuffed with truffle shavings and pecorino.
Wirra Wirra sources fruit from a combination of owned vineyards and premium McLaren Vale growers. The blend of individual vineyard and sub-regional characteristics is the key to the resulting style.
Varietal: 100% Shiraz
Winemakers: Samantha Connew & Paul Smith
About the Winery
“Wirra Wirra” is an aboriginal name meaning “amongst the gum trees”.
Wirra Wirra Vineyards was originally established in 1894 by known South Australian eccentric and cricketer Robert Strangways Wigley. The winery prospered in its early days, producing many wines including a much acclaimed Shiraz, which was exported to England and the Empire until his death in 1925. The winery ran into disrepair and was eventually abandoned. In 1969 under the watchful eye of the late Greg Trott and his first-cousin Roger, the winery was rebuilt from the remnants of two walls and some slate fermenting tanks. As with all subsequent Trott endeavours, it was the sheer magnitude and unlikeliness of the project that made it so attractive.
Wirra Wirra has always seemed to gather those with an adventurous and slightly eccentric view of life. The late Greg Trott’s personality and philosophy has acted as a magnet to like minds, those who can see no point in being miserable for long and are dedicated to achieving excellence through hard work accompanied by copious fun. People who enjoy good food and lively conversation, who bring individual talents to work and play and who are always prepared to have a go. Dedication to the task and a healthy disrespect for pompous officialdom or unredeemed seriousness are essential traits.
The team that work at the cellars and in the vineyards, the regulars that help at vintage and those that come from overseas, the agents and retailers, and the helpers who organise, build and decorate all identify with this culture and feel a tribal belonging