|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