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Wirra Wirra Church Block Red Blend 2013

Today In Wine: Wirra Wirra Church Block Red Blend 2013 ($18)

“The staple of Wirra Wirra stable. A nicely cut wine and cleverly blended. This is a drink now kind of wine!”- James Suckling


Wine Ratings & Awards

Grape Certified Gold Medal – 2016

James Halliday – 94 Points

James Suckling – 92 Points

Wine Enthusiast – 91 Points

Wine Spectator & Wilfred Wong – 90 Points


Wine Review

Sometimes you find or stumble on something that’s so good, it speaks for itself, whether a movie, a food spot, or some (new) tech gadget. When that’s the case, we think it’s best to share the recommendation, sit back and wait for the “Oh snap/Oh sh*t!” reaction. This was exactly the case when we found two of our all-time favorite red wines, the Amalaya Malbec Red Blend and the Freakshow Cabernet Sauvignon.

Today, we’re back with another red wine recommendation that we think will garner similar reactions: the 2013 Wirra Wirra Church Block CSM. This delicious red wine comes from McLaren Vale, Australia, which is one of our favorite wine regions. We’ve always found southern hemisphere wine regions, like Chile, South Africa and New Zealand, to name a few, possess a balance and smoothness that makes loving red wine way too easy.

Anytime we come across a wine this amazing, as the Wirra Wirra Church Block is, that is also cheap, costing less than $20 ($18), it’s hard to contain our excitement. And this wine could not be any more highly regarded, with a number of well-respected wine critics giving it scores of 90 points or more. This is the kind of wine find you almost keep to yourself, like that secret fishing spot, because you know once the word’s out you won’t be able to enjoy it as long as you’d hoped, especially given a particular wine vintages limited supply or availability. Remember, you can make more iPhones but you can’t make more of the 2013 Wirra Wirra Church Block.

A much-loved South Aussie red... Great value and worth stashing a few away for a few years. -- Tony Love The Advertiser, Top 100 Wines

Now that the cat’s out of the bag, we suggest you stock up on this diamond in the rough so you can drink some now and later. We fully expect in 2-5 years it will be even better than it is now, so we suggest you grab at least a ½ case, or 6 bottles, of this gem. A hint of the deliciousness is only heightened by the blend of the following grape varietals: the deep character and flavors of Cabernet; the beautifully tasty, if not sweet, characteristics of Shiraz; and the smooth and balanced flavors of Merlot. The grape combinations make for a most delicious red wine blend with hints of luscious fruits, elegant tannins and a smooth texture that will leave your taste buds applauding the inventive fusion of flavors. So, if you come across this in your local Costco, Total Wine, Trader Joe’s or local wine store, make sure you grab as many bottles as your budget will allow. You won’t regret it.


Wine Region: McLaren Vale, Australia

Wine Grapes: 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Shiraz and 13% Merlot

Style: Smooth & Supple

Drinks Like: Freakshow Caberenet Sauviginon 2012 ($20); Amalaya Malbec Red Blend 2013 ($15)


Food & Wine Pairing: Grilled Lamb Shoulder Chops

Torbreck The Struie Syrah Shiraz 2010 - Food & Wine Pairings - Grilled Lamb Chops or or Honey Chicken Skewers - THEGRAPE


Also try these delicious recipes from The Grape: Halibut Fillets or Grilled Lobster Tails or Mini Lasagna Cups.

We hope you enjoyed this Wednesday’s wine recommendation. We’re not only confident you’ll enjoy, the Wirra Wirra Church Block Red Blend, today’s Grape Certified Gold Medal red wine, but were excited for you to try it with our food and wine recommendations! If you enjoyed this post please don’t forget to like it above and join the discussion by leaving a rating and a comment below. We’ll see you next week for another edition of Wine Wednesday wine recommmendations. Feel free to share your thoughts with us in the comments below and at www.thegrape.com. Cheers!

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Wirra Wirra Church Block Red Blend 2013
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Grape Certified Gold Medal

The value and flavor of this wine is going to make it hard to beat my friends. It is definitely a wine worth seeking out and it can be enjoyed during an evening of BBQ’ing, board games or that special occasion. However you choose to enjoy this wine it will not disappoint, but we suggest you get your hands on it sooner than later because it is one of those that will be sold out before you know it.

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