Wirra Wirra Church Block McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz Merlot

Church Block has built a legendary reputation for epic longevity and enticing appeal in the sub-$20 red wine stakes, and 2013 confidently maintains the record, one of the finest reds at its price that I’ve tasted this year. The signature capsicum, tomato and leaf of cabernet take a confident lead (50%), seamlessly supported by the mid-palate roundness of shiraz (37%) and the subtle lift of merlot (13%). Cedary French oak (70%) provides well-judged support, with the balance American oak, lending notes of dark chocolate to a long finish. An intricately assembled and well balanced example of Australia’s signature blend, with a long future before it. $16 at Dan Murphy’s and 1st Choice.