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Wolf Blass Gold Label Barossa Shiraz

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Wolf Blass sure know a thing or two about making full bodied reds, with this typically rich and chocolatey Shiraz the latest example in the Blass line to follow through with a load of generous smooth flavours. Good now, even better in five years time.

Winemaker's Notes

The Barossa has developed a reputation for Shiraz with intense fruit characters and rich, concentrated palates. Gold Label balances these flavours with elegant French oak to produce a refined, textural Shiraz with bright, fragrant fruit.

To create the Wolf Blass Gold Label collection, our winemakers select the definitive varieties of the very best South Australian wine regions to produce a range of progressive, elegant wines that showcase both regional and varietal excellence.

Shiraz was sourced predominantly from low-yielding vineyards across the Barossa Valley floor, which provide intensity and rich, bright fruit character. This was supplemented by cooler climate Eden Valley fruit contributing fragrance, elegance and subtle spicy notes. Following crushing, individual vineyard batches were fermented in small open fermenters with a mix of plunging and pumping-over applied to allow optimum release of colour and flavour without excessive extraction of tannin.

Appearance: Deep crimson red with purple highlights.

Nose: Intense aromas of blueberries, blackberries and blood-plums are layered with underlying dark chocolate, freshly ground coffee and roasted chicory, with a slight perfumed lift and fragrant star anise spice.

Palate: Richly textured, round and plush with a full, yet elegant palate of bright, fleshy blood-plum and juicy berry flavours. Subtle French oak supports a fine acid structure and long silky tannins, resulting in a harmonious, mouthwatering palate with a long, seamless finish.

Food: Great with roast beef with caramelised onion marmalade, sizzling Mongolian lamb or seared kangaroo fillet with beetroot relish.

Cellaring: Enjoyable on release or will develop complex, integrated flavours with six to eight years careful cellaring

Alcohol: 14.5%

Awards and Accolades

Trophy - 2014 Decanter Asia Wine Awards

7 Gold Medals

5 Silver Medals

expert reviews about

Wolf Blass Gold Label Barossa Shiraz

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
An elongated gold label on a cabernet-shaped bottled as opposed to the Burgundy shape of the Adelaide Hills version is partly explained by the fact that the back label has both English and French versions of the consumer information. It is distinctly richer and fuller-bodied than its Adelaide Hills sibling, blackberry and licorice fruit backed by more assertive oak and stronger tannins. Needs, and will repay, cellaring.
Till 2027.
Wine Companion
Jeremy Oliver (2012 Vintage) says
Wine Annual
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Deep, dense purple-crimson; the palate is as luscious as the colour suggests, with waves of predominantly black fruits rolling through new and used French oak, and ripe tannins. Carries its alcohol with ease, and has line, length and balance.
To 2025
Australian Wine Companion 2013
Rob Geddes MW (2010 Vintage) says
Baked fruit cake aromas with sweet crusty cooked raisins and sandalwood caramel chocolate moccachino oak. Luscious soft tannins with a velvety mouth feel, abundant up front and middle palate ripe flavour and a firm dry finish with currant and fruit cake.
Rob Geddes MW
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Impenetrable colour; a dark and concentrated black fruit offering with lavish attention to the high levels of toasty oak; the palate reveals dark fruits in abundance; clinically constructed with freshness and concentration the result.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
Rob Geddes MW (2008 Vintage) says
Barossan region shiraz complexity with tobacco and fruit cake with tar earthy side notes.Very soft tannins liqueured black berries up front but quite hot to finish.Short of flavour but very rich to start.
Rob Geddes MW
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
A super-generous, multi-layered shiraz that nonetheless avoids going over the top. Replete with supple black fruits, it has a long and well-balanced palate, oak and tannins just where they should be.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2007 Vintage) says
Really good red. Syrupy and sweet but, in its style, it's a fabulous drink. This is made using mostly shiraz grapes grown in the Barossa Valley, though this release includes a sizeable contribution from the neighbouring Eden Valley. The Wolf Blass team is trying for a more elegant, food-friendly style - trying to avoid heaviness. They've done just that. It has a lovely, chewy fleshiness of flavour and a musky aftertaste - almost like Turkish delight. Velvety mouthfeel, too. Excellent wine, full stop.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Quite how well this wine escapes the scar of the high alcohol is beyond me; however, has supple fruit and strong oak in true Blass style.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Bold, rich flavours of blackberry, black plums and licorice seamlessly woven with positive French and American oak; tannins ripe and in perfect balance.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
Campbell Mattinson (2005 Vintage) says
2005 RELEASE Spotlessly clean and fruity but dull and gangly to the taste - it's a decent wine, just not at the price. Black olives, toast, blackberry jam and chocolate flavours. Clumpy, powdery, slightly green tannins. A poor result from this vintage. DRINK 2008-2011.
The Big Red Wine Book 2008
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Seamlessly interwoven fruit and French/American oak; very good balance and structure; supple tannins, lovely finish. Top gold medal National Wine Show '05.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Very elegant and fine style; red and black fruits, long palate and silky tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Bright colour; fresh, firm red and black fruits; sensitive use of French oak; elegant style. Barossa and Eden Valleys.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004

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