Wirra Wirra RSW Shiraz 2016

We named this wine after Robert Strangways Wigley, a noted South Australian eccentric and state cricketer who established Wirra Wirra back in 1894. Each vintage we take pride in producing a flagship shiraz that befits McLaren Vale’s reputation as a first class producer of this varietal and home to some of the oldest shiraz vines in the world.

About the Vineyard

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. 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.

Wine Production

Harvested at optimal tannin and flavour ripeness. The fruit parcels for these wines were picked in small batches reflecting the different vineyard characters and fermented separately in two tonne open fermenters. Cold soaking was used on a number of the vineyard parcels for a three day period to extract maximum colour without the presence of alcohol. Each ferment was tasted twice daily once fermentation commenced, to determine the level of hand plunging and maceration required during fermentation. At the required level of tannin and fruit extraction the ferment was basket pressed with winemakers making the ‘press cut’ at the first sign of tannin hardness. After pressing, the wine was transferred directly to oak before completing malolactic fermentation. Following MLF, and every four months thereafter, the wines are racked and returned. At the end of this program, the wines are barrel selected, blended and minimally filtered prior to going into bottle.

Tasting Notes

Bouquet of sweet berries, Christmas cake and clove layer over blueberry and plum. Classically inviting, spicy, generous and varietal Shiraz. Palate is the classic dark chocolate and earthy character of McLaren Vale Shiraz is drenched in juicy, moreish blackberries and plums. Seasoned with cinnamon spice and cedar, framed by structural yet polished tannin, this wine is deceptively attractive in youth but will generously reward careful cellaring with increased complexity and savoury notes.

Food Pairing

Slow braised beef short ribs with garlic potato gratin

Production Info
Vineyard name
Vineyards from Blewitt Springs, McLaren Vale and McLaren Flat
Soil composition
Sandy loams to heavy clays with limestone and ironstone bases
Elevation
262-787 feet
Average Vine Age
45-80
Yield/acre
up to 2 tonnes / acre tons
Harvest time
late Feb to March
First vintage of this wine
1989
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
100% Shiraz
Fermentation container
2t open fermenter
Length of alcoholic fermentation
14 days
Malolactic fermentation
Yes
Fining agent
Vegetarian
Type of oak
French

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