I think I’ve mentioned the Wirra Wirra Church Block blend previously and it has just turned up as wine of the week in today’s SMH. Huon Hooke says:

“Rarely have I been so impressed by this familiar blend of McLaren Vale cabernet sauvignon, shiraz and merlot as I have by the ’06. Under a screwcap, its nose opens a little shy but reveals more as it airs, with soft berry-like aromas with cabernet uppermost, and oak playing a back-seat role.

The drinkability and balance are exemplary in a drink-now red designed for restaurants and bistros. It has backbone but the tannins are soft and the texture smooth, with richness, depth and charm. It’s a really nice surprise: 2006 is indeed a good red wine year in South Australia.

Drink now or age six years or so.”