Wirra Wirra vineyards established itself as one of Australia’s most recognisable and leading wineries under the watchful eye of the late Greg Trott. Trott, who sadly passed away in 2005, and his cousin Roger rebuilt the winery in 1969 from the remnants of two walls and some slate fermenting tanks. Today Wirra Wirra Vineyards has developed a reputation for intense, beautifully crafted red wines and expressive fine whites. James Halliday has described Wirra Wirra as "...the best small to medium sized winery in McLaren Vale and right up there on a national scale".
Planted in 1972, the Scrubby Rise vineyards at Wirra Wirra sit on ancient rocks more than 100,000 years old. The fact that they are totally flat and contain no “scrub” or bush whatsoever was of more interest to the late Greg Trott, who gave them their dubious name.
Good value. Fresh berried fruits, hints of peppercorns, no real sign of oak and a satisfying finish. I’d buy and drink this any day of the week. The fruit itself is a long way from A Grade but it’s so well polished, so well presented. 90/100 is arguably a little high but it just drinks so very well. In short the value is high. Tasted: Jan 2020; Alcohol: 14.5%; Price: $18; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2020-2025; Rated: 90 Points; Campbell Mattinson; The Wine Front
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