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Three British Army officers, in their capacity as agents of the East India Company, established one of Western Australia's first agricultural enterprises in 1836. Named after Captain Richmond Houghton, it was not until Thomas Yule's stewardship that vines were planted and the first vintage of Houghton wine flowed in 1859. Thomas Yule now sources fruit from the eminent Justin Vineyard in Frankland River, a dark ruby Shiraz of lifted liquorice and intense brambleberry, seasoned by piquant pepper notes and supported by showroom tannins. The very elite of Frankland River Shiraz... Artisanal wines of distinguished sites»
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Wirra Wirra Original Blend Grenache Shiraz CONFIRM VINTAGE

Grenache Shiraz McLaren Vale South Australia
The topical old world accord of Grenache and Shiraz was the first style of wine to be made after the re-establishment of Wira Wirra in the 1970s. It is occasionally released as a special limited edition when the vagaries of vintage permit, the aim being to construct a likeness of McLaren Vale, as it was decades ago, when the requisite accompaniement to such a wine was meat and three veg. Wirra Wirra Original is equally satisfying today alongside paparadelle and porcini, offal and pistachio ballotine or five spice crackling pork.
Available by the dozen
Case of 12
$287.00
The founder of Thomas Hardy & Sons is on the record for praising the founder of Wirra Wirra, as the hardest working man he ever knew. Hand picked parcels of Grenache are sourced from mature vineyards in McLaren Flat, Shiraz is collated from choice blocks at Seaview. Grapes are crushed and destemmed into traditional open top, two tonnes fermenters, gently macerated by hand plunging and pumped over for optimal extractions of flavour, tannin and colour. Components are fermented to dry and basket pressed into a selection of seasoned French oak for barrels for completion of malolactic. Batches are racked off lees and sent to mature nine months in neutral French oak puncheons and barriques.
Vivid crimson, vibrant deep red hue. Fragrant crushed cherries and raspberry nose, complexed by perfumes of dried herb and musk. The palate displays bright Grenache raspberry and rhubarb flavours, supported by fresh acidity and fine silky tannins. A wonderful, medium bodied style of candor and restraint, resolving on a spicy, savoury finish.
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  • Wirra Wirra Church Block Cabernet Shiraz Merlot 375ml CONFIRM VINTAGE

    Shiraz
    McLaren Vale South Australia
    Case of 12 $191.00