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Wolf Blass Grey Label Langhorne Creek Cabernet Shiraz

Cracka Rating

Cracka Review

Smells of dark, brooding fruits, fruitcake, mocha and mint leap out of the glass to wrestle the nostrils, meanwhile the palate is rich and lush at 15% alcohol, with a solid core of black cherries and plums, some very generous chocolate and cedar oak, a grippy line of tannins, and a rich, warm finish that give the tonsils a cuddle on the way down. Rare meats are the go with this big boy!

Winemaker's Notes

Appearance: Deep crimson with purple hues.

Nose: A fragrant nose of blackberry and cherry fruits heightened by regional nuances of eucalypt, mint and supported by subtle warm spice and cedary oak.

Palate: The palate is medium to full bodied with layers of bramble berry fruits, fresh eucalypt notes and subtle oak. The wine finishes with finely textured, elegant tannins, displaying great finesse and fruit presence.

Cellaring: This wine will develop with age, softening and mellowing to reward a decade or more of careful cellaring.

Alcohol: 15%

56% Cabernet Sauvignon - 41% Shiraz

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Wolf Blass Grey Label Langhorne Creek Cabernet Shiraz

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
A blend of 67% cabernet sauvignon and 33% shiraz, with each matured in a mix of new and used French and American oak for 18 months. A high quality wine, reflecting the perfect vintage conditions. Blackberry and plum lead on the bouquet and palate, the oak under control, the tannins ripe and soft.
James Halliday - Weekend Australian, August 30 2014.
95
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Deep, bright purple-crimson; the naturally succulent nature of Langhorne Creek's red wines is heightened here by the traditional Blass method of finishing the fermentation in oak; the wine abounds with blackcurrant, blackberry and black cherry fruit; so intense is the fruit that you don't pay any attention to the alcohol. It's a good example of the Wolf Blass style, love it or hate it.
To 2030
Australian Wine Companion 2013
94
Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
A refreshing twist. Wolf Blass is working hard to build detail in Grey Label, accenting crunchy fruit ahead of heavy oak, structure and alcohol. There’s still power here, but it manages pretty good control in the wake of 15% alcohol. Well-focused and inky plums, blueberries and black cherries meet mint and fresh, tangy acidity. Cabernet tannins provide firm, fine definition to the finish, with oak well integrated. I’d like to see the alcohol a bit lower, but this is a work in progress and certainly a certainly a step in the right direction for Grey Label.
2015-2020
Wine Taste Edition 112
94
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
93

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