2018 Original Blend Grenache Shiraz

Cellar Door
$25.00
Bell Ringers
$22.50
Varieties
Grenache
Shiraz
Vintage
2018
Country
Australia
Region
McLaren Vale
Alcohol
14.5%
Bottle size
750 mL

Awards

Title
Year
2019
Event
Ranked: #1 of 19 2018 Grenache blends from South Australia - The Real Review

NEW RELEASE

In 1972, cousins Greg and Roger Trott produced a dry red wine from grapes grown on Greg’s vineyard adjacent to the small Bethany Chapel opposite Wirra Wirra. This blend of grenache and shiraz became the first ‘Church Block’. Taking on advice from friends and mentors, Trott evolved Church Block over the years to its popular signature blend of cabernet sauvignon, shiraz and merlot. Yet still there were those who bemoaned the loss of the original blend of grenache and shiraz. So at various times over the years, when the planets have aligned, we have re-created the grenache shiraz offering and released it under the imaginatively titled ‘Original Blend’ moniker. With a look and feel harking back to simpler times, this latest release of Original Blend Grenache Shiraz is limited in number, but not imagination.

Colour

Vivid crimson with a deep red hue.

Bouquet

Richly aromatic with black cherries, raspberries, musk stick and floral notes, as well as allspice and aniseed.

Palate

A bright and lively palate of succulent red and blue fruits with spicy notes. Medium bodied, the mouthfeel remains plush and graceful with a fine-grained, savoury finish.

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Professional Reviews

Deep red/purple colour with a spicy, complex bouquet, which shows some stylish work that takes it to a level beyond simple fruit. There is a suggestion of whole-bunch characteristics. It holds the attention. A very attractive wine and not at all simplistic. An exercise in how to make a one-year-old red wine delicious when very young.

Huon Hooke, The Real Review 93

Just like those Catholics who clung to the Latin Mass in the wake of Vatican II, there are early Church Blockers who never stopped worshipping the blend that began it all. So, when the right fruit is available, the Wirra Wirra winemakers produce this blend of grenache and shiraz as an homage to the early days of the Church. This is wine as comfort food, nourishment for the soul. It ripples with ripe raspberries, some red licorice, pain d’epices, plums and quinces. It’s slippery, juicy and bright, yet provides real textural satisfaction through the buffed grit of deftly deployed tannins. It’s truly worthy of praise.

Nick Ryan, The Australian

High-toned cherry and strawberry aromas with top-notes of spice and a hint of Turkish Delight. The palate is lively and bright with excellent berry fruit and fine tannins. Youthful and delicious.

Toni Paterson, The Real Review 93

70% Grenache here. Juicy cherry, dark raspberry, musk perfume and earth/dark chocolate bass. It’s medium-bodied, with ample fruit tempered by some savoury flavours and spice, thick suede tannin, balanced acidity, and a very good finish. Really like this. Such a good thing to drink.

Gary Walsh, The Wine Front 93

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