Dead Ringer 2012, also known as The Angelus, is not only great wine but there is a very interesting story behind the name of it.
In Australia you can buy the wine under the name of The Angelus, but because of similarity to Chateau Angelus Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classe, the Australian producers had to change the name of the wine distributed to European market.
Dead Ringer was, in my opinion, a beautiful choice.
At the first place, the phrase refers to a dead angelus’ ringer; French Chateau Angelus, with its famous ring on top of the chateau, forcibly killed the great Australian The Angelus ring on top of the cellars. Secondly, according to Phrases.Org.Uk, the phrase ‘dead ringer’ means literally ‘exact duplicate’, which makes the situation and the name even funnier and more accurate.
Dead Ringer 2012 was dark red coloured wine with black hues. The aroma was very complex and rich, consisted of black fruits and oaky notes. The bouquet consisted of intensive blackberries, black cherries and blueberries notes with cedar wood and liquorice.
In the mouth The Dead Ringer 2012 was absolutely magnificent! Very complex, well-balanced, rich and a bit rustic. The body was full, the tannins round and smooth, the acidity high but well integrated. On the palate there were many fruit flavours, such as blackberries, blackcurrants and ripe black cherries. Finish was very long and concentrated with black fruits and nice herbal notes.
”The ¾ tone Wirra Wirra bell that sits proudly atop our cellars is rung to announce the start and finish of each vintage at McLaren Vale and for other suitable celebrations. For generations it rung out thrice daily from the Jesuit Church at Norwood, South Australia at 6am, midday and 6pm, calling the faithful to joyful prayer. In honour of that tradition, the name ‘The Angelus’ is reserved for only exceptional parcels of Cabernet Sauvignon which are selected and vinified at Wirra Wirra.” (backlabel of The Angelus 2012)
Wirra Wirra Dead Ringer 2012 wine details:
Wine – Dead Ringer (The Angelus)
Country – Australia
Region – South Australia
Appellation – McLaren Vale
Vintage – 2012
Grape varieties – Cabernet Sauvignon
Producer – RG & RT Trott, Wirra Wirra (read more)
Distributor / Importer – nd
Winemaker – Paul Smith, Paul Carpenter
Vineyards – premium McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards;
Soils – clail and limestone, deep sands over ironstone base;
Style and type – still; dry, red
Alcohol – 14% vol
Barrel ageing – combination of new oak (20%) and seasoned 2nd, 3rd and 4th fill French barriques;
Cellaring – 15 years (according to producer)
Price range – 70$
Others – contains egg products; pH 3.37; TA 7.4;
Tasting date – March 2015; Wirra Wirra, McLaren Vale, Australia