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Wolf Blass Gold Label Adelaide Hills Shiraz Viognier

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This seductive, foxy red from a great year slips down so smoothly it will feel like silk on your tonsils. Smells of dark berries and cherries adorn the nose, along with hints of soft spices, pepper, purple florals and deli-meats. The palate is plush and generously fruited, with bold dark fruit flavours, a lick of toasty oak and savouriness, fine tannins, and a sultry finish with a touch of spice in the tail. Great with pork buns!

Winemaker's Notes

Appearance: Vibrant crimson with purple hues.

Nose: Wolf Blass Gold Label Shiraz Viognier is an intensely fragrant wine showing lifted fragrant red berry fruits with notes of spice, cold meats and subtle nutty complexity. The Viognier is lifting but not dominant - adding ginger and floral aromatics.

Palate: Fleshy, dark berry fruits and warm spice fill the palate supported by subtle oak influence. The Viognier component adds an evenly textured, silky mouth-feel with fine velvety tannins.

Cellaring: Enjoy now or cellar over the next three to five years.

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Wolf Blass Gold Label Adelaide Hills Shiraz Viognier

Expert Reviews

Rob Geddes MW (2010 Vintage) says
Very ripe and obvious cherry berry fruit with a floral lift. Soft and silky tannins very ripe structure of sweet black fruit only medium long.
Rob Geddes MW
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition 2013
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
Wild, musky and exotically spiced, viognier-driven floral and apricot-like aromas slightly overshadow scents of sweet small berries and plums, while its forward, rather meaty, chunky and chewy palate reveals some slightly baked shiraz presently at odds with its assertive viognier component. It finishes rather raw and drying, lacking usual elegance.
The Australian Wine Annual 2012
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
A deep red_purple, this wine has youthful complexity at hand thanks to viognier s catalytic effect, adding bright, meaty, spicy fragrance and a hint of stone fruit and melon to bright red berry fruits, some gentle pepper too. The palate s sturdy, more midweight than full, and there s a fine yet firm tannin presence with chocolate and plum through the finish.
Good Wine Guide 2013
Rob Geddes MW (2009 Vintage) says
Floral edges with black cherry, liqueured blackberries and low oak.This is a ripe opulently fruity and generous wine that is softly ripe and full bodied with generous black cherry initially and only medium long and drying.
Rob Geddes MW
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
Long, dusty and dark-fruited, with dark, peppery and floral aromas of plums, blackberries and sweet, lightly toasty mocha/chocolate oak. It's moderately rich, with an elegant spine of powdery tannin supporting its meaty expression of blackberries, raspberries, plums and tight-knit oak, finishing with an even, proficient balance and length of briary, mineral flavour.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Vibrant crimson colour; a quite intense bouquet of red and black fruits, with a strong spicy component; good structure and length.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
A very powerful wine, the viognier not easily accommodating the intensity and ripeness of the shiraz. I'm not understanding the philosophy here; perhaps it's the US market.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says
A firm, gritty red with meaty, evolved and rather baked aromas of currants, raisins and cedar/dark chocolate oak. Very savoury and meaty, its initial expression of punchy fruit dries out towards a lean and rather blocky finish that lacks charm and fruitiness.
Australian Wine Annual 2008 2007
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Typical, deep purple-red; ultra-fragrant and lifted aromas, and that supple, woven silk palate, a mark both of Blass and the viognier synergy with shiraz; delicious black fruits, chocolate and subliminal apricot.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
Viognier plays a subdued role in this deeply flavoured, spicy and savoury red whose complex and smoky perfume of blackberries, dark plums and cherries is carefully matched with cedar/vanilla oak. Its sumptuous, palate-staining expression of spicy black fruits and dark chocolate oak is remarkably smooth and silky finishing win a persistent core of peppery and slightly meaty flavour.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
As always, sensitively crafted and balanced; fragrant red and black fruits, spice and apricot; fine tannins; subtle, but positive, oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Dense, complex, very rich, opulent and luscious fruit-driven style. Multiple trophies 2003 National Wine Show under Stelvin closure. This sample under cork. Why?
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
Complex, high-toned spicy fruit and oak, the flavours building along the length of the palate; fresh finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004

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