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Tuesday 3 June 2014

Wirra Wirra 'Catapult' Shiraz 2012

The late Gregg Trott succumbed to cancer in March 2005, but his legacy lives on in many of the (oft hairbrained) ideas and pipedreams that he set about turning from vision to reality. Many now adorn the the labels of Wirra Wirra wines, the winery he founded with cousin Roger in 1969.

A visit to the Wirra Wirra cellar door, a pretty special place in my opinion, is like stepping into the over-active imagination of R.G.Trott - the visitor greeted by the rather large redgum carved cricket ball on arrival. Turn right into the tasting room, make your way over to the counter on the left and start tasting your way through the range of wines that now themselves bear witness to Trott's lust for life and sense of fun.

The 'Catapult' was so named for the 'siege engine' that Trott wanted to build, ostensibly to 'bomb' neighbouring wineries with wine in the hope they would return the 'favour'.

In the past, this wine also bore the variety Viognier, that white grape is still present in this wine (1%), noticeable for a little 'prettiness' brought to the party and by way of the vibrant rim of the wine in glass.

Vanilla, plum, black fruit initially - before a little savoury meatiness. Smooth, polished; pepper anis and five-spice. The wine has a slippery feel, a velvet-textured delight, fine-tannin wine with good intensity of flavour.

Persistent, possessing depth with dutch licorice forming the spine of flavour here. It's a wine for now, a pleasure to drink from the off, but no harm will come for a short stay in the cellar if you're so inclined. 91

Tasted on: Monday 26th May,  a Fruit day 
Source: Sample
Price: $25
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap

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