Wirra Wirra RSW is the flagship Shiraz from heritage McLaren Vale winery. Langton’s Classified Excellent, it is an exemplary example of the region’s hero varietal, made with stringent attention to detail and quality. Painstakingly crafted with fruit from some of McLaren Vale’s oldest vines, it is named for Robert Strangways Wigley, the beloved South Australian oddball and state cricketer who founded Wirra Wirra back in 1894.
RSW is a serious but exuberant wine. It’s got structure, complexity, fine tannins, and length, but also enough youthful, fruit-forward energy to make certain it will be drinking beautifully in years to come. The aroma is rich and deep, with dark berries, chocolate, violet and aniseed. The concentrated palate is redolent with first fruits and sophisticated French oak. Drink a bottle of this gorgeous vintage now, and put one away for later.
"From a range of vineyards across McLaren Vale, each vinified and matured for 15 months in French oak separately prior to blending. The ultimate in glass bottle packaging, ‘RSW' boldly engraved on the glass. The second the wine enters the mouth it booms like a foghorn on a liner from years gone by with dark chocolate from Switzerland. The taste doesn't change much: black fruits, earth, spice, oak and tannins are also part of the DNA of this painstakingly made wine."
96 points, Wine Companion (February 2018)
"Very deep purple/red colour, bright and young and brooding. The bouquet is a mixture of spices, graphite and tar, and it’s full-bodied and powerful, very intense and has great concentration. Terrific length and drive. A rip-snorter of a shiraz. Long-term potential."
96 points, The Real Review (August 2019)
"Layers of opulent, intense fruit in the blackberry, mulberry and boysenberry sphere. Excellent depth and roundness. The tannins appear to melt effortlessly into the body of the wine. It has a long cellaring future ahead."
95 points, The Real Review (May 2019)
"An impressive wine that delivers unbridled fleshy and playful fruit, which are framed in an astutely crafted tannin structure. The nose runs from red fruits to darker shades of plums and blackberries with a note of star anise and cloves. The tannins are silky and fluid with a very supple and seamless feel. Young and approachable. It will age very well and for more than a decade."
95 points, jamessuckling.com (December 2018)