Wirra Wirra The Angelus Cabernet Sauvignon, 2004



Here’s another one for the cellar …

Wirra Wirra The Angelus Cabernet Sauvignon – well, it’s sold in Australia under that name … in the rest of the world it is sold as Wirra Wirra Dead Ringer Cabernet Sauvignon (more about that later).

This is a blockbuster of a wine from McLaren Vale with a huge mouthful of flavour and a thick, dense, chewy texture. With toasty oak and meaty complexity, it is savoury and cleverly oak-infused but needs several more years in the bottle before drinking.

Now, back to the story of the two different names. This is from the Wirra Wirra Wines website …

Will Wirra Wirra’s Angelus be silenced in the Battle of the Bells?

It’s on again. Another Australian wine is under threat due to its name – Wirra Wirra’s The Angelus, made by the popular McLaren Vale winery since 1989, is having legal pressure applied to it by the historic French winery, Chateau Angelus in Bordeaux.

It seems the French are upset because the multiple trophy winning Aussie red is having a little too much success in, of all places, Chateau Angelus’ own backyard.

It seems the connections of Chateau Angelus were more than happy to allow the small Aussie winery to sell its wine without fear for 15 years, but when the Wirra Wirra wine was added to the wine lists of a prestigious Michelin-starred restaurant in Bordeaux and a local fine wine retailer, things suddenly turned sour.

read the rest of the story …

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