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View details Wirra Wirra Woodhenge Shiraz 2014
$ 24.99 Wirra Wirra Woodhenge Shiraz 2014
Shiraz / McLaren Vale / SouthAustralia
Woodhenge is about big ideas, in the manner of cyclopean fences built by Australia's early settlers. A wine of great elemental sculpture, the assemblage of individual vineyard and sub-regional characteristics is the key to success of the style. Woodhenge has previously claimed Decanter World Wine Regional Trophy and Gold Visyboard Great Australian Shiraz Challenge. Bold and tightly knit, incorporating ripe berry fruit and integrated oak balanced by velvety tannins, Woodhenge Shiraz, like it's namesake edifice, is solidly structured and imposing.
 
View details Wirra Wirra Scrubby Rise White 2016
$ 13.99 Wirra Wirra Scrubby Rise White 2016
SauvBlanc Semillon Viognier / Adelaide McLaren / SouthAustralia
Is it any wonder that this wine has slipped into McLaren Vale vernacular as Scrubby White? While the satiatingly mouthfilling mix of grapes may twist tongues, it also offers a rich array of fruit flavours, lead by a whoosh of refitalizing Adelaide Hills fruit, to inspire the most apathetic palate. Crisp, tantalizingly complex and delightfully fresh, Wirra Wirra complete the puzzle and give you something to ponder over a glass of judiciously chilled white, while you wrestle with the words Scrubby, Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc.
 
View details Wirra Wirra Scrubby Rise Unwooded Chardonnay 2014
$ 13.99 Wirra Wirra Scrubby Rise Unwooded Chardonnay 2014
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Chardonnay / McLaren / SouthAustralia
Scrubby Rise is a significant part of the Wirra Wirra estate vineyards. Originally bushland, it's now anything but scrubby, it does however continue to produce wines which rise to every occasion. Formerly known as Sexton's Acre, this Chardonnay has always been a defacto member of the Scrubby Rise range. Refreshingly unoaked, it's for all those who like their wine to reflect the vineyard, not the trees, just a celebration of natural Chardonnay fruit character.
 
View details Wirra Wirra Scrubby Rise Shiraz Cab Verdot 2015
$ 13.99 Wirra Wirra Scrubby Rise Shiraz Cab Verdot 2015
Shiraz CabernetSauv PetitVerdot / McLaren Vale / SouthAustralia
It's well known that Shiraz and Cabernet make good bedfellows, but in a rare case of three's company, a tranche of Petit Verdot takes Scrubby Rise to another level, contributing vibrant colour and rich fragrances. All three varietals conspire to achieve the balance, elegance and structure of this sensational effort by Wirra Wirra. Scrubby Rise is a triumvirate of solid structure and generous fruit, It's the acid however which keeps the wine fresh without being weighed down by heavy tannins.
 
View details Wirra Wirra RSW Shiraz 2014
$ 54.99 Wirra Wirra RSW Shiraz 2014
Shiraz / McLaren Vale / SouthAustralia
RSW is an acronym for Robert Strangways Wigley. He learned his craft during a tenure at Bankside under the tutelage of Thomas Hardy, who claimed to have never known anyone that worked harder than Wigley. RSW's wild pranks as a young man made him somewhat of an embarrassment to his family. In 1893 he was pointedly sent to rusticate in McLaren Vale where he undertook the planting of vines in 1894. By the turn of the century he was proprietor of the most eminent winemaking operation in the district, with a hundred acres under vine.
 
View details Wirra Wirra Original Blend Grenache Shiraz 2013
$ 17.99 Wirra Wirra Original Blend Grenache Shiraz 2013
Grenache Shiraz / McLaren Vale / SouthAustralia
The topical old world accord of Grenache and Shiraz was the first style of wine to be made after the re-establishment of Wira Wirra in the 1970s. It is occasionally released as a special limited edition when the vagaries of vintage permit, the aim being to construct a likeness of McLaren Vale, as it was decades ago, when the requisite accompaniement to such a wine was meat and three veg. Wirra Wirra Original is equally satisfying today alongside paparadelle and porcini, offal and pistachio ballotine or five spice crackling pork.
 
View details Wirra Wirra Mrs Wigley Grenache Rose 2015
$ 17.99 Wirra Wirra Mrs Wigley Grenache Rose 2015
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Grenache / McLaren Vale / SouthAustralia
Mrs Wigley was a particular pussycat who was born at the neighbouring Petrucci residence. Within days her mum had dragged the litter to settle in the Wirra Wirra open fermenters, from then on Mrs Wigley became a permanent feature of the Wirra Wirra cellars. Mrs Wigley, the Rosé, is made by running the juices off, tinted after brief contact on skins, from the grapes, then cold fermenting and bottling early, as you would prefer to do when designing a refreshing, revitalizing pink wine.
 
View details Wirra Wirra Lost Watch Riesling 2015
$ 19.99 Wirra Wirra Lost Watch Riesling 2015
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Riesling / Adelaide Hills / SouthAustralia
In 1947, Wirra Wirra patriarch Greg Trott lost the only watch he ever owned, from that day forth he never bothered with wearing a timepiece again. Confdent to the end that he could tell time by the sun, Trott was notoriously always late, hours and even days. Fortunately, his great legacy to the nation was unhurried and unstrained, to make great wine, one needs to ignore the clock and allow the magic of nature to determine its own course. Adelaide Hills Riesling at its finest, left to its own as it slowly vinifies over the course of weeks, without the distractions of a clock.
 
View details Wirra Wirra Hiding Champion Sauvignon Blanc 2015
$ 19.99 Wirra Wirra Hiding Champion Sauvignon Blanc 2015
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SauvBlanc / Adelaide Hills / SouthAustralia
Greg Trott, the man who nursed Wirra Wirra back to health and re-introduced the estate's noble wines to the world, was a wanderer. A simple run to the local shops might evolve into an interstate luncheon. He would return a day or so later, bemused by the fuss. It seemed to all, that Trott was in training to become Olympic Hiding Champion and it became part of the folklore at Wirra Wirra. Sauvignon Blanc is sourced from Jeff and Ann Gower's spectacular Yandra Vineyard at Lenswood in Adelaide Hills and vinified into a rejuvenating, stylish young wine.
 
View details Wirra Wirra Church Block Cabernet Shiraz Merlot 2014
$ 18.99 Wirra Wirra Church Block Cabernet Shiraz Merlot 2014
CabernetSauv Shiraz Merlot / McLaren Vale / SouthAustralia
Church Block was the first wine which the late Greg Trott produced under the Wirra Wirra label back in 1972. He took the name from one of the original estate vineyards, which runs next to the small Bethany Church est. 1854 across the road from Wirra Wirra's century old ironstone cellars. Over four decades, Church Block has become an Aussie favourite, consistently offering a smooth, soft red wine that balances the complexity sought by ardent enthusiasts, with the approachability desired by those seeking pure red wine drinking pleasure.
 
View details Wirra Wirra Chook Block Shiraz 2010
$ 129.99 Wirra Wirra Chook Block Shiraz 2010
Currently out of stock
Shiraz / McLaren Vale / SouthAustralia
From time to time, Wirra Wirra produces wines from very small parcels of extremely intense, high quality fruit. Chook Block is a unique wine which is only assembled in the most outstanding vintages, pointedly one year in four. It is not made to a particular style, winemaking is purely, in a custodial sense, attempting to reflect the remarkable quality of Chook Block Vineyard Shiraz in exceptional years. Bunches are all picked by hand and treated to the highest scrutiny, removing any fruit that is not of the highest order before inclusion.
 
View details Wirra Wirra Catapult Shiraz 2014
$ 21.99 Wirra Wirra Catapult Shiraz 2014
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Shiraz Viognier / McLaren Vale / SouthAustralia
The late, great Greg Trott, patriarch of Wirra Wirra, saw many of his unusual dreams realised, such as the construction of a cyclopean fence which girts the entrance of the wineworks. One consuming vision however continued to elude him, the building of a medieval siege machine called a trebuchet. Why? To use as a catapult for bombing neighbouring properties with bottles of wine in the hope they would retaliate! A splendid, opulent rendering of Shiraz, brimming with intense fruit, a hint of varietal spice and a touch of Viognier to be different, just like Trotty.
 
View details Wirra Wirra Angelus Cabernet 2013
$ 59.99 Wirra Wirra Angelus Cabernet 2013
CabernetSauv / McLaren Vale / SouthAustralia
Robert Strangways Wigley was an eccentric South Australian cricketer who established Wirra Wirra in 1894. He produced a highly prized Shiraz which was exported to England and the Empire until he passed away in 1925. The cellars fell into disuse after the 1936 vintage and remained inoperable until Greg and Roger Trott rebuilt the ironstone winery by hand in 1969. Tradition has it that the ¾ tonne Angelus bell which sits atop Wirra Wirra was rung thrice daily from the Jesuit Church at Norwood, calling the faithful to prayer.
 
View details Wirra Wirra Angelus Cabernet 2005
$ 56.99 Wirra Wirra Angelus Cabernet 2005
Currently out of stock
CabernetSauv / McLaren Vale / SouthAustralia
Wirra Wirra International Red Winemaker of the Year at the prestigious 2007 International Wine Challenge Awards Dinner in London. The 2004 vintage Angelus was awarded three Trophies, including Best International Cabernet Sauvignon. An enormous achievement, Wirra Wirra was the only Australian winery to be short-listed for the accolade and beat off stiff international competition. Namesake Chateau Angelus Bordeaux, takes particular exception to the Wirra Wirra wine, labeled as Dead Ringer Cabernet outside of Australia.
 
View details Wirra Wirra 12th Man Chardonnay 2015
$ 24.99 Wirra Wirra 12th Man Chardonnay 2015
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Chardonnay / Adelaide Hills / SouthAustralia
Wirra Wirra patriarch Greg Trott venerated cricket as the most noble of pursuits. He even built his very own concrete pitch at the family farm to emulate his heroes. Trotty aspired to wearing the famous baggy green cap of the national team, even if only to carry the drinks as twelfth man. It's a certainty that if the drinks tray offered Wirra Wirra, Trott would have been warmly welcomed as an essential member of the team. A sensation in Adelaide Hills Chardonnay, richly barrel fermented, a match to the freshest seafood or seared white meat recipes.
 
The Wirra Wirra Cellars were built by Robert Strangways Wigley, one of the McLaren Vale's all time characters

Wigley began building at the turn of the century using Dr. A.C. Kelly's plans of a split-level design that his friend Alec Johnston had used to build the Pirramimma winery. Wirra Wirra is an aboriginal name meaning amongst the gums. Born in 1864, Bob Wigley studied Law and Architecture and managed to play cricket for South Australia. His wild pranks as a young man had already made him somewhat of an embarrassment to his family. In 1893 he was prudently sent to rusticate in McLaren Vale. He planted the vineyard in 1894 and made his first wine with Alec Johnston in 1897. By 1901 he was the owner of one of the best wineries and vineyards in the district with 100 acres under vines and 15 acres under currants.

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Stylistically, Wirra Wirra established a long and distinguished history for itself of producing wines with great elegance, balance and complexity. "Mr. Thomas Hardy says of all those he ever had under him, no town man worked harder than Mr. Bob Wigley who was at Bankside for 18 months learning winemaking. At the end of this time he took up 240 acres of land at McLaren Vale, and has succeeded in producing wonderfully fine full-bodied Burgundy, especially suited for the export trade." - The Register Adelaide Australia 1903

Bob Wigley died in 1924 having contributed much to the life of the district and having made many fine wines which in the main found their way to England, having been shipped by Burgoynes of London. After 1936 the original 240 acres were sold by his family and eventually the cellars with only 7 acres left fell into disuse. It was not until late 1969 that the winery, by then virtually a derelict building, and the surrounding 7 acres of land was re-established.

Cousins Greg and Roger Trott purchased the holding from Vern Sparrow, son of Wigley's foreman Jack Sparrow. Roger Trott, an accountant, has a property at McLaren Flat, Moray Park, and Greg's vineyard. Bethany, is just across the road from Wirra Wirra, while Scrubby Rise, part of the original Wirra Wirra, is immediately in front of the cellars. Before they bought the old, ruined winery, Greg spent five years with Southern Vales Co-operative looking after growers interests and in his own words, had become familiar with the rudiments of winemaking.

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Like many of the McLaren Vale winemakers, these men were helped by their friendly rivals, a feature of the district. Good use was made of Oenological Services of McLaren Vale, a winemaking advisory and laboratory service led by Peter Klose and started by David Hardy, Alex Johnston and Colin Kay. In a gesture worthy of the wonderful Wigley, the two cousins Trott spent a frantic five weeks gathering equipment from all over the state. Then, armed with an ancient wooden Bagshaw crusher, a pump and an old French press, they made their first wine in the open air amidst the ruins.

In a gesture worthy of the wonderful Wigley, the two cousins Trott spent a frantic five weeks gathering equipment from all over the state. Then, armed with an ancient wooden Bagshaw crusher, a pump and an old French press, they made their first wine in the open air amidst the ruins. In its modern day, Wirra Wirra has hosted a vast and eclectic array of winemakers, cellar hands, drifters and vagrants each vintage. One of the most interesting things about February, is the influx of a range of recalcitrants from all over the world. Yanks, Poms, Krauts, Frogs, Kiwis, Queenslanders, the occasional Aussie and more, all converge on the cellars to pick, pump, drain, crush, press, and massage the fruit that comes in from the vineyards. There is now nothing quirky about the design of the winery, which is in its third stage of development. Although functional and technologically advanced, the cellars retain a soul. This is largely due to the spirit of the tribe that work there.

Although McLaren Vale is at the heart of everything Wirra Wirra, diversity in fruit styles also plays a part in viticultural & winemaking philosophy. Other regions act as a source of fruit, with the Clare Valley contributing to Hand Picked Riesling. Coonawarra fruit is a major component of The Angelus, whilst Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc are based purely on Adelaide Hills grapes. Petrucci's, Paxton, Parkinson, Trott, Gower et al make up a stable of carefully selected growers who are inevitably part of the Wirra Wirra tribe. Scrubby Rise (which is flat and bereft of Scrub), Nocowie (named by Trott's father who disliked cows), Chook Block (next to Greg's old Chicken Sheds), 73 Block (one guess only), Finniss River & House Block contribute the majority of the best fruit year after year.

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