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Wolf Blass Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz Malbec

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Wolf Blass Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz Malbec

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James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
As ever, this is no shrinking violet, as it is full throttle, pedal to the metal power, with super-ripe, black fruit melding with fine-grained toasty oak in abundance; the palate is densely packed, big-boned and hefty, yet remains relatively light on its feet; big is beautiful for some.
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition 2013
94
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Deep purple colour; a cascade of black fruits ranging through blackcurrant, blackberry, mulberry, plum and licorice; firm tannins are in balance with the fruit; all the fruit and tannins are wrapped in a thick coating of French oak. Drink now if you are likely to take a $130 bottle to a bbq; failing this, it needs up to 10 years in the cellar to calm down and learn some manners.
To 2030
Australian Wine Companion 2013
95
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Deep purple-crimson; as ever, a complex bouquet reflecting its multi-varietal, multi-regional, French and American oak blood lines; it is full-bodied, but cannot entirely escape the toughness of the vintage in SA, although it will undoubtedly soften and fill out with time in bottle.
2030
Australian Wine Companion 2012
94
Angus Hughson (2006 Vintage) says
Bright deep ruby. An alluring bouquet of eucalyptus, drak berry fruit, earth and spice with some well seasoned oak. Dry, full and clasically proportioned with ripe powerful fruit backed by firm grainy succulent tannins. A long elongated impressive finish. Serious stuff
95
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
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 in a full-bodied red that somehow retains elegance.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
96
Tyson Stelzer (2006 Vintage) says
Black Label is monolithic, powerful and bulletproof – there is not a single molecule of space within its perfectly polished fuselage. Cabernet, shiraz, malbec and oak are integrated seamlessly. Crucially, it’s still vibrant at five years of age and will live for decades yet.
Wine Taste Special Edition 45 2011
95
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2006 Vintage) says
Far more modern that you might expect. Ever so juicy. Cassis and coffee beans, blackberry and earth. Has some coal-like characters. Gorgeously succulent. Long through the finish. As balanced as a clock. Quite brilliant. Obviously it's in the big red mould - and then some - but the way it's been put together is all class.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
95
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Saturated colour; in typical modern Black Label style, oozing dark black fruits, ripe tannins and an abundance of new oak all tied together.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
94
Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says
Artfully smooth, polished and integrated, this sumptuous, deeply layered red has a dark, briary bouquet of very ripe dark plums, blackberries and a hint of raisin tightly knit with new smoky, cigarboxy oak. Full to medium in weight, it's rather closed and withdrawn, holding back its substantial weight of pure dark fruit beneath some seasoned, smoked oyster-like oak. Framed by a firm but very pliant extract, its lingering core of palate-staining flavour finishes with meaty, savoury elements and a hint of minerally saltiness.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
95
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Deeply robed colour; the throbbing power of an idling V8 turbo engine; shows the '04 vintage quality, with an array of black fruits of considerable intensity; will be very long-lived, of course.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
96
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
Dark, brooding and slightly old-fashioned, this earthy and meaty red blend matches minty, menthol Langhorne Creek fruit with sweet, creamy oak, of which the American component is presently the most vocal. Its briary flavours of blackberries and plums reveal undertones of dusty dried herbs, a hint of truffle and plenty of assertive cedar, vanilla and dark chocolate oak. It finishes long and smooth, with a slightly salty hint of soy.
Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
93
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
A rich, aromatic bouquet with ripe fruit and oak in chorus, then a deeply textured and structured palate, happily with none of the aggressive tannins of the Platinum Label Shiraz; a major success in a difficult vintage.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
94
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
30thVintage. Flooded with opulent, multi-layered black fruits; a silky, sensual, supple texture, with seamless oak and tannins. This note is for the version under screwcap; there is a vast difference between it and the conventionally closed bottle.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
96
Jeremy Oliver (2002 Vintage) says
A modem classic. Its opulent, heady perfume of wild, briary dark berries, plums and redcurrants reveals layers of deeply scented oak, pepper and spice. Smooth and luscious, its silky-fine palate is steeped in pure, joyous dark fruit, handsomely partnered by creamy and slightly caramelised cedar/vanilla oak. It's effortless and refined beautifully balanced with firm, fine tannins, finishing with length and persistence.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
97
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Complex, seamless integration of spicy black fruits and oak; supple, round, silk and velvet mouthfeel; an evolving classic.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
95
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
An ultra-complex blend of all red wine components, all perfectly balanced. A style honed to perfection.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
95
James Halliday (1999 Vintage) says
Medium to full purple-red; both the bouquet and palate have an extra dimension of fruit complexity and depth, reflecting the fact that it is a blend of 10 components selected from 160 separate high-quality parcels earmarked for possible inclusion. The palate has a silky, supple smoothness, the oak evident but in no way excessive. The 53 per cent Cabernet Sauvignon component comes mainly from McLaren Vale, the 47 per cent Shiraz mainly from the Barossa, the balance from Langhorne Creek.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
95

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