2016 Church Block

Cellar Door
$22.00
Bell Ringers
$19.80
Varieties
Cabernet Sauvignon
Shiraz
Merlot
Vintage
2016
Country
Australia
Region
McLaren Vale
Alcohol
14.5%
Bottle size
750 mL
Drinking Window
2018 - 2028

Awards

Title
GOLD
Year
2018
Event
China Wine & Spirits Awards

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.

Colour

Deep plum with a scarlet edge.

Bouquet

Defined by fragrant red and black cabernet fruits with rich plums, surrounded by leaf and
polished leather.

Palate

Bright red and black fruits are framed by fine sandy tannins and fresh cedar. The wine
displays a lovely brightness and generosity of fruit that is the hallmark of McLaren Vale, with
the supporting tannin structure to reward medium-term ageing.

Attached Files

Professional Reviews

“This latest vintage of the McLaren Vale winery’s best-known and sough-after label reveals another step up in quality. Winemaker Paul Smith’s judicious blending of cabernet sauvignon, shiraz and merlot is in near-perfect balance, its flavours both generous and subtle.”

John Fordham, Sunday Telegraph

Bright and effusive. It very much embodies what the region does well with a strong core of raspberries and red plums. Silky easygoing tannins, too. A blend of cabernet sauvignon, shiraz and merlot. Screw cap. Drink now.

Nick Stock, JamesSuckling.com 92

Deep, youthful, vibrant purple/red colour, with a floral, violet-like aroma, fresh and clean, echoing an elegant medium to full-bodied palate with abundant firm tannins and substantial structure. Lots of violets here. It finishes with a little bitterness, but would be fine with food. The fruit does the talking. Very good value for money.

Huon Hooke, The Real Review 90

Church Block smelling mighty fine, for all its intoxicating mix of Cabernet and Shiraz (plus a dollop of Merlot for good measure). It carries the plummy/damson/Mulberry signature with a generous carry of chocolate and damp earth. Simply good to go now, the fruit well pitched with a fine rub of tannin. Mere suggestion of oak lends middle-weight support, delivering a wine that successfully straddles both generosity and substance. Consistently a cracking release, the 2016 no exception.

Stuart Robinson, The Vinsomniac 92

Vintage after vintage, Wirra Wirra's Church Block is one of those rare wines that can be guaranteed to deliver both quality and value for money. That's certainly the case with the lip-smackingly good new 2016 release, a blend of McLaren Vale cabernet sauvignon, shiraz and merlot. Church Block was the first wine released by the late Greg Trott under the Wirra Wirra label, back in 1972. Today it maintains its reputation as a big softy; a wine with plenty of flavour and power but equally easy to drink. Matured in French and American oak, it is nonetheless fruit driven; enjoyable in its youth but with the structure to mature over the years. Terrific buying at $22.

Winsor Dobbin, Winsor's Choice

You Might Also Like

Vintage
2015
Name
Scarce Earth Patritti Single Vineyard Shiraz
Vintage
2016
Name
Woodhenge Shiraz
Vintage
2016
Name
Church Block Half Bottle (375ml)
Vintage
2017
Name
Catapult Shiraz