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Wirra Wirra 12th Man Chardonnay 2011

The Experience

Drink When...
Playing cricket
Listen To...
Dreadlock Holiday by 10cc
Think About...
I don't like cricket - I love it!
Drink With...
Pan fried veal cutlets with caper sauce and seasonal steamed greens

The Oddbins Take

Made by two very talented Adelaide Hills locals, Paul Carpenter and Paul Smith, this wine is anchored strongly to its roots. Named after both an aboriginal phrase meaning ‘amongst the gum trees’ (Wirra Wirra) and after the winery’s founder who, not good enough to play cricket for Australia, said he would have settled for being the 12th man, carrying the drinks. It is this playful respect of their provenance that shines through in this beautiful, grapefruit, lemon curd and gently spicy Chardonnay.

The Vital Statistics

Adelaide Hills, South Australia
Bottle Size
Regular - 750ml
Residual Sugar
3.2 g/l
Alcohol Units

Out of stock



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The Style

Chardonnay (100%)
Light Full bodied
Dry Sweet

Notable Features

  • Suitable For Vegetarians

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The founder of Wirra Wirra was a huge cricket fan. Not good enough to play for Australia, otherwise he would have settled as the 12th man to carry the drinks… hence the name!

Wirra Wirra is an aboriginal name meaning 'amongst the gum trees'. The winery was originally established in 1894 in Mclaren Vale, by a South Australian cricketer called Robert Strangways Wigley. It prospered and produced a variety of wines for export and the local market until Roberts death in 1925. The winery then went to rack and ruin and was eventually abandoned. In 1969 Greg Trott and his cousin Roger started to rebuild the winery and make it into the exciting place it is to visit today.

The philosophy of the late owner of Wirra Wirra, Greg Trott, was: “Never give misery an even break, nor bad wine a second sip. You must be serious about quality, dedicated to your task in life, especially winemaking, but this should all be fun.” This philosophy continues throughout the winery today.

The winemakers are Paul Carpenter and Paul Smith. Paul Carpenter is a local, having grown up in Wirra Wirra country on his parent’s cut flower farm at Willunga in the McLaren Vale. He has enjoyed an illustrious career, beginning with a stint at Chateau de Bluizard in Beaujolais in 1998, Archery Summit in Oregon in 2001. He has won many awards and was a finalist for Winestate magazine’s 2009 Winemaker of the Year award. Paul Smith grew up in Adelaide and his career has included placements at Chittering Estate in the Swan Valley in West Australia and the Knappstein Winery in the Clare Valley.

The grapes were handpicked and whole bunch pressed. The free run component of the juice was fermented with indigenous yeast in oak. All barrels were tasted weekly with lees stirring introduced to add complexity to the wine and to encourage malolactic fermentation. Barrels were sulphured on lees at various stages through maturation to capture fruit brightness. 100% oak matured in a combination of 35% new oak with the balance being 1-3 year old French Burgundian coopered oak. Coopers of choice in 2011 were Seguin Moreau and Mercurey. The wine spent a total of nine months in oak. Isinglass used in fining.

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