Shiraz McLaren Vale South Australia
The Wolf Blass team are blessed with an exhaustive range of source vineyards from which to collate the finest Shiraz. Constant contact with growers ensures that the fruit is carefully maintained to create wines endowed with rich flavours and exemplary varietal charm. Wolf Blass are on the lookout for grapes that are rich and elegant, with a tight mineral fragrance. Components are selected specifically to add depth and structure to the palate. The final wine completes fermentation in fine grained oak barrels to achieve a nose of complexity and finesse.
Shiraz is sourced from premium vineyards in McLaren Vale, some have been supplying fruit to Wolf Blass for decades. Parcels are separately crushed into small open top fermenters. A course of plunging and gentle pumpovers are employed for optimal extraction of colours, fruit character and plush tannins, hallmarks of the Grey Label style. Some batches complete their ferments in barrel, the balance remains on skins until fermented to dry, lengthening tannins, enhancing palate line and achieving a clean lingering finish. Components are aged eighteen months in a selection of seasoned and new French and American oak barrels before assembling into the final wine. Alcohol 14.5%
A rich deep crimson colour. Heightened aromas black and boysenberry, pepper, spice and dark chocolate, restrained vanilla and cedar notes play a supporting role. A plush, rich palate of great intensity and concentration, lengthened by fine acidity and supported by a velvety tannin structure, a wine of elegance, power and poise. Serve with rib eye or teppanyaki beef.