The Woop Woop Shiraz 2013 is sourced mainly from vineyards in McLaren Vale and Wrattonbully (inside the Limestone Coast), both in the South Australia wine region. Back when we started the CWF website, back when it wasn’t so easy to find a real good wine in the $10 range, Woop Woop was one of our personal go-to wines. If you weren’t too sure about the other wines on the store shelf, Woop Woop (middle of nowhere in Australian slang) would always deliver, it was a solid, tasty, fruit forward and a little spicy Red wine. Since those times, many of the Australian wines have seemed to disappear from wine shops, but we have not forgotten “old faithful” and thought it was time to give it another try. This Shiraz is mostly fermented and aged in stainless steel vats (for 9 to 12 months), but 10% saw aging in new French and American oak barrels. That adds some oak seasoning, but keeps the wine bright, with fresh fruit flavors. The alcohol content is an Australian-like 14.5%.
The color is deep and dark, but still see-thru claret red. The nose is ripe blackberry, raspberry, licorice, plum and a whiff of chocolate. The is wine is medium to full-bodied with a nice rounded mouth-feel, lots of lush fruit with some spice on the mid-palate. It tastes of a mix of extracted blackberry, sweet blueberry, bitter dark chocolate and black pepper. The mid-palate shows cherry and exotic spice. The tannins add structure but mix in well with the body of the wine. The finish is full and long.
The one thing I always loved about Australian wine is, you don’t get cheated, there is always a lot going on in your glass and the price is usually right. Woop Woop is flat-out a bunch of fun to drink, delicious, with interesting spice, big and bold, but not too big and bold. If you are looking for a lighter Red wine, then the Woop Woop Shiraz isn’t the right choice, but if you want a well priced wine that is bold and beautiful, then Woop Woop should be your go-to, too.