2015 Church Block

Cellar Door
Bell Ringers
Cabernet Sauvignon
McLaren Vale
Bottle size
750 mL
Drinking Window
2017 - 2027

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.


Deep plum with a scarlet edge.


A complex nose that displays the instant appeal and fragrances of shiraz and merlot, but is
truly driven by the lifted cassis, blackberry and leaf of cabernet. Dried thyme, sandalwood,
cedary oak and earth follow to add layers of interest.


The palate rewards instantly, packed with bright berries, dark cherries and generous, deep
plum fruits. This fruit sweetness combines with dark chocolate, mocha notes and supple,
fine grained tannins to build a full and even palate.

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Professional Reviews

It’s one of the more reliable ‘go to’ red wines on the Australian market. Quality is always there or thereabouts. It’s a McLaren Vale blend of cabernet sauvignon, shiraz and merlot. This release cuts the mustard. It’s dusty and leafy but curranty too, its flashes of boysenberry and blackcurrant offering more than enough flavour. Oak isn’t really a part of the flavour profile, or not overtly, but dry, dusty, well-played fruit most certainly is. Balance is spot on here. What I particularly like is how “cabernet” this wine feels. If you store this well I suspect it will mature well over the medium term or longer – if you so desired. Top value.

Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front 91

This is a cracking wine. Such clear and expressive flavours and a long harmonious palate. There is brightness and richness. The three varieties of cabernet sauvignon, shiraz and merlot sit side-by-side in perfect balance. Ripe, gently drying tannin. At this price, you don’t get much better.

Toni Paterson MW, The Real Review 90

A quite wonderful release of the Church Block. Cabernet clearly leading the charge here. Black currant with background savoury, cedary and leafy elements mixing it up in the background. Black fruit, liberally seasoned, smudge of oak and a nice curl of tannin that holds a definite line. Freshens up across the back like, just making it deliciously more-ish. 92

Stuart Robinson, The Vinsomniac 92

Deep red colour with good purple tinges; the bouquet is ripe and blackberry-like, clean and appealing. It's intense and medium to full-bodied, with ample soft, ripe tannins, a core of fruit-sweetness balanced by a savoury finish, and lovely balance. Shiraz helps soften and fill out the palate. A very good cabernet-driven blend, and top value.

Huon Hooke, HuonHooke.com 90

Nailed it. Church Block is super important to Wirra Wirra, and this ’15 is seriously good wine given the price and wide availability. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (51%), Shiraz (36%) and Merlot (13%), matured in 70/30 French/American oak for 18 months. What handling for a $22 red! It’s full of slippery blackberry and red berries, even with a rather firm finish. A real Cabernet presence this year, complete with a dash of varietal cedar for good measure. It’s not a slick wine, but that heartiness and length is so very good for the dollars. Maybe a little warm on the finish? A quibble. Even on day two this was in good form. Would I buy it? I’d drink a few glasses for sure.

Andrew Graham, Australian Wine Review 92

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