2013 Wirra Wirra Cabernet Sauvignon ‘Dead Ringer’
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
On Sale $49.94 (reg. $54.94)
The term dead-ringer gets thrown around quite a lot when comparing New World takes on French wines, but Wirra Wirra’s top bottling of Cabernet Sauvignon is aptly named, and for more than one reason. The Australian winery named their flagship Mclaren Vale Cabernet ‘Angelus’ for the Saint Emilion 1er Grand Cru Classé Château Angelus from which they took their inspiration. And while international rules meant they had to change the label for export, one taste of what Australian critic James Halliday called a “beautifully weighted and structured, medium-bodied cabernet” and you will agree that this has all the class, structure, and length of a top Bordeaux. Showing seamless layers of creme de Cassis, earth, cedar, and blackberry, this is a benchmark Aussie Cab!
The Wine Advocate continues to “shout that the Vale is on fire these days” and we assume they mean the wine, since Mclaren Vale has benefited greatly from a string of warm but stellar vintages (including 2013), and a community of winemakers set on continually refining and defining the identity of the region. The warm even weather, combined with a much lower yield than normal, means the 2013s from Mclaren Vale are bursting with pure, concentrated fruit, and two decades of fine drinking ahead of them. With 97-points from Australia’s top critic, a sub $50 price tag means it is sure to fly out of the warehouse at record speed. Cheers!