The most important and warmest region is McLaren Vale GI, a predominantly red wine area focusing on Cabernet Sauvignon and Rhône varieties. Shiraz, Grenache, and Mourvèdre (Mataro) show rich, textural, full body and tend toward jam or dried fruit flavors. The three are often blended, although varietal Grenache is resurgent.
Wirra Wirra Church Block McLaren Vale CSM 2014
Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Merlot
Deep plum with vivid red hues. Fragrant cassis and dark plum with a cabernet leafy note. The dark fruits are complexed with chocolate, tobacco and cedar notes. Rich red and black fruits fill the mouth. Raspberry, red currant and plum fruits are balanced with fine sandy tannins and cedar oak. This medium to full bodied wine has a lovely balance and style in true Church Block character.
Blend: 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Shiraz, 13% Merlot
91 pts. James Suckling