Wolf Blass Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz 2006
Wolf Blass Wines, established in 1966, has grown from a humble tin shed to become one of the world’s most successful and awarded wineries. Today, Wolf Blass wines are exported to more than 50 countries and are recognised internationally as icons of modern winemaking. The essence of Wolf Blass wines is exemplified through the passion of its custodians, past and present as they continue to create wines of quality, character and consistency.
The philosophy behind Black Label is simple: to take the year’s very best wines and weave them together into a synergistic whole, the resultant wine being greater than the sum of its parts. It’s about creating a wine with many layers of flavour in a complex composition of intense fruit characters, magnificent structure, a rich lustrous texture, long velvety tannins and a lingering palate.
A powerful expression of the Wolf Blass philosophy of synergistic blending, Black Label is built on persistence of flavour, seamless texture and long, velvety tannins, with opulent yet elegant fruit from the Barossa Valley, Langhorne Creek and McLaren Vale providing richness, depth and exceptional complexity.
As ever, a complex blend; Cabernet Sauvignon (51%) from Barossa Valley/Langhorne Creek/Shiraz (44%)/Malbec (9%) from Langhorne Creek; has retained superb purple-crimson hue, and all the intensity and power of the '06 vintage; while there is the obligatory coat of French and American oak, the cascade of black and red fruits more than copes, as do the ripe tannins on a full-bodied red that somehow retains elegance. Rating: 96 Points; Drink by: 2030; Price: $130.00; Date Tasted: March 2010; Alcohol: 15%; James Halliday Wine Companion
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