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Wirra Wirra Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz Merlot Church Block 2010

Wirra Wirra Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz Merlot Church Block 2010

750ML    
Sku: 057521

Church Block was the first wine the late Greg Trott produced under the Wirra Wirra label back in 1972. He took the name from one of the original 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, the Church Block label has become an Australian favourite, consistently offering a smooth, soft red wine that balances the complexity sought by aficionados, with the approachability desired by those seeking pure drinking pleasure.

Review
Wines from down under have suffered the curse of the “Yellow Tail reputation” for about a decade now. As American demand for Aussie wines waned, different producers took different paths to try to recover. A partial consequence of this effort has been, as elsewhere, a certain homogenization of style among Aussie wines, accompanied by often cheap, even tacky, marketing efforts. The real story of Australian wine, however, continues to be told by a core group of producers who have remained faithful to high-quality, expressive, and place-specific styles. Under the Trotts, Wirra Wirra’s reputation has rested on the wine now known simply as the Church Block. Over the past forty years, this Cabernet-Shiraz-Merlot blend has evolved to become one of the standard bearers for accessible, artisan-quality wine in Australia, consistently garnering respect and admiration at home while delighting wine-lovers abroad.
~ Dmitriy Krasny, 67 Wine Buyer, 09/26/2013

Wine maker notes
Church Block was the first wine the late Greg Trott produced under the Wirra Wirra label back in 1972. He took the name from one of the original 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, the Church Block label has become an Australian favourite, consistently offering a smooth, soft red wine that balances the complexity sought by aficionados, with the approachability desired by those seeking pure drinking pleasure.

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The late Greg Trott and his cousin Roger bought, renovated and replanted the abandoned Wirra Wirra estate in the late 1960’s. The Church Block, named for a small parcel of vines planted next to a church on the edge of the Wirra Wirra property, started out as a Grenache-Shiraz blend, with the inaugural vintage in 1972. It has since developed into the Cabernet-Shiraz-Merlot blend that has become Wirra Wirra’s calling card. Revered in Australia and around the world, this winery produces wines of noble character and outstanding value.

Food pairing
It sometimes amazes me just how spoiled we are here in New York. It is the capital of so many things, food and wine foremost among them. Each fall for the last two or three years I’ve caught myself making a comfort dish that is quite a departure from my Eastern European roots but still feels natural and homey as the weather gets cooler: shepherd’s pie. If you’re making this from scratch, I highly recommend searching out ground lamb, as that is the authentic base for the dish. As for the topping, you can try breaking from the norm and using mashed sweet potatoes rather than the usual plain potatoes. You’ll end up with an even more satisfying contrast between sweet, savory and spicy, an interplay of flavors that is only enhanced once you introduce the 2008 Church Block into the mix. There is a supple quality to the wine that makes it harmonize perfectly with the rustic yet velvety texture of shepherd’s pie, and the wine’s bold flavor profile—ripe black berries on a peppery background—will serve to highlight the complex pungency of the lamb.
~ Dmitriy Krasny, 67 Wine Buyer, 9/26/2013

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