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The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Indulgence -

2004 Wirra Wirra An­gelus Caber­net Sauvi­gnon THE 2007 Lon­don In­ter­na­tional Wine Chal­lenge at­tracted 9358 en­tries from across the world. Wirra Wirra emerged as in­ter­na­tional red wine­maker of the year, wine­maker Sam Con­new dash­ing from a dis­tin­guished win­ery in Spain where she is do­ing vin­tage to re­ceive the award. The 2004 An­gelus Caber­net Sauvi­gnon ($50, 95 points) — sold over­seas un­der the cheeky name Dead Ringer in the wake of ob­jec­tions from France’s Chateau An­gelus — re­ceived three tro­phies. It and the RSW Shi­raz are at the top of the McLaren Vale tree, but any wine with the Wirra Wirra la­bel can be re­lied on to overde­liver at its price. Buy a bot­tle of 2007 Lost Watch Ries­ling ($16.50, 94 points), 2007 Hid­ing Cham­pion Sauvi­gnon Blanc ($19.99, 94 points) or 2007 Scrubby Rise Sauvi­gnon Blanc Semil­lon Viog­nier ($15, 90 points) and you will see. If any­thing, its red wines are even bet­ter. Wirra Wirra is a prime ex­am­ple of winer­ies that can turn new di­rec­tions from as­pi­ra­tion to re­al­ity. www.wirrawirra.com. James Halliday

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