The 3/4 Tonne Angelus Bell that sits proudly atop our cellars is rung to announce the start and finish of each vintage at McLaren Vale and for other suitable celebrations. For generations it rung out thrice daily from Jesuit Church at Norwood, SA at 6am, Midday and 6pm, calling the faithful to joyful prayer. In honour of that tradition, the name "The Angelus" is reserved for only exceptional parcels of Cabernet Sauvignon which are selected and vinified at Wirra Wirra.
100% Cabernet Sauvignon. Wirra Wirra sources fruit from a combination of owned vineyards and premium McLaren Vale growers in Seaview, Blewitt Springs, Onkaparinga Hills, McLaren Flat. The blend of individual vineyard and sub-regional characteristics is the key to the resulting style. Blended from a diverse combination of old vine McLaren Vale sites - typically low in vigour, producing modest yields of intense fruit. Soils range from red clay and limestone to deep sands over ironstone base.
From the four coolest districts of McLaren Vale; matured for 18 months in French barriques (20% new), usual rack and returns. Vivid hue; this is a beautifully weighted and structured, medium-bodied cabernet, showing how much synergy can be generated between place and variety; pure cassis fruit has the finest line of tannin support imaginable, line and length perfect. Drink By: 2043; Price: $70.00; Date Tasted: 11 Mar 2015; Alcohol: 13.5%; Rating: 97 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday Wine Companion
Twenty months in French oak. McLaren Vale cabernet sauvignon at its best. Filo tannin. Fine sheets of it, layer upon layer, wrapped around a pure filling of dusty/curranty fruit flavour. A wine of length, poise and fantastic promise. Tasted : Oct15; Alcohol : 13.5%; Price : $70; Closure : Screwcap; Drink : 2020 - 2040; Rating: 96 Points; Campbell Mattinson; The Wine Front
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