The 2011 Woop Woop (Aussie slang for the middle of nowhere) Shiraz is mainly sourced from McLaren Vale and Wrattonbully in Southeast Australia. Woop Woop has long been our go-to inexpensive Aussie Shiraz, here are the tasting notes for the 2008 and 2009 vintages. Woop Woop is Penny’s Hill winery (winemaker Ben Riggs) value priced Shiraz, they usually produce age worthy wines that fall into a higher price range. Since the worldwide economic downturn, the exchange rate has raised the price of Australian wines to the point that they were not competitive. The Aussie dollar has softened and we should see more Australian value priced wines back on the wine shop shelves. Price is extremely important with value priced wines, one winery said they increase sales 300% when they can drop the price of a bottle from $12 to $10. Woop Woop Shiraz is aged for 9 to 12 months in French and American oak barrels, with 10% new barrels and the rest used barrels. The alcohol content is a stout 14.5%.
The color is deep ruby red with a strawberry halo. The nose is blueberry, fudge, eucalyptus, Sambuca and oak spice. It starts with rich, ripe blackberry and blueberry (not jammy), followed by chocolate powder and tart cranberry. The mid palate adds sour cherry, a brush of hot spice (muted) and a late hit of vanilla creme. The tannins a silky, the acidity is hidden in the mix, but does help the finish last and last.
The 2011 Woop Woop Shiraz has more balance than I remember from earlier vintages. It is still a big, rich, bold wine, but it is far more refined and a bit more exotic than I recall. The prices on the web are from $8 to $12 and the Woop Woop is a lot of Shiraz at that price. Big, Bold, Balanced and a Bargain, that is a big whoop (American slang for big deal).