Shiraz McLaren Vale South Australia
From time to time, Wirra Wirra produces wines from very small parcels of extremely intense, high quality fruit. Chook Block is a unique wine which is only assembled in the most outstanding vintages, pointedly one year in four. It is not made to a particular style, winemaking is purely, in a custodial sense, attempting to reflect the remarkable quality of Chook Block Vineyard Shiraz in exceptional years. Bunches are all picked by hand and treated to the highest scrutiny, removing any fruit that is not of the highest order before inclusion.
Chook Block was planted in 1960 on Nocowie Vineyard immediately behind the Wirra Wirra wineworks. The terroir is fortuitous and unique, sandy topsoils over subsurface sandy loam with red brown impervious clay and patches of limestone. Fruit is cold soaked for five days to extract maximum colour without excess alcohol. Ferments are hand plunged and tasted twice daily. At the required level of dryness and extraction, juices are basket pressed until the first sign of tannin hardness. Batches are transferred to a high proportion of new French oak barrriques for completion of malolactic. Barrels are rack and returned every four months throughout twenty one months of maturation.
Dense plum hue with garnet rim. Fresh boysenberries, blackberries and plum, interlaced with sweet cedar, bitter chocolates and licorice, tar and earthy notes. The palate is mouth filling with rich satsuma plums and blackberry fruits, dark chocolate and aniseed. Rich and brooding, balanced by mouth watering savoury tannins and fine cedary oak.