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Wolf Blass Platinum Label Shiraz

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Wolf Blass Platinum Label Shiraz

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James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Impenterable colour; the headline act of the Wolf Blass stable is simply more of everything, displaying lavish levels of black fruits, smoky oak and bitter chocolate on the bouquet; staggering fruit concentration and plenty of chewy tannins, provide a long and hedonistic journey from start to finish.
To 2035
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Inky purple-crimson; has used the time-honoured approach of top-quality fruit with no pre-set vineyard contribution, the warm fermentation finished in French oak; has layer upon layer of juicy black and red fruits, supple tannins and balanced oak. Genuine Australian icon.
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
Likely to become quite spicy and exotic as it ages, this intensely flavoured but finely measured, elegant shiraz has a dusty but deeply layered scent of small black and red berries knit with fresh cedar/vanilla oak lifted by scents of white pepper and sweet floral notes. Long and measured, with a juice presence of faintly sour-edged and jujube-like small berry flavour entwined with fine oak and gravelly tannis, it's firm and drying. but with a long, presistent and finely focused core of fruit.
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition 2014
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Inky, dense opaque colour; a massive full-bodied wine, with the black fruits, oak and tannins in remarkable balance given the age of the wine, and guaranteeing an extremely long life; 2040 may prove too conservative, but I will be long gone before that judgement can be made.
Australian Wine Companion 2012
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Purple-crimson; a super-rich and fragrant bouquet ranges across blackberries, spice, mocha and (unexpectedly) fresh ground coffee, the opulent full-bodied palate echoing the aromas plus the usual integrated tannins from barrel fermentation of the last part of the fermentation; the alcohol is evident, but is the price to pay for such opulent fruit.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2007 Vintage) says
Carbon copy of the fantastic 2006 vintage release. Super duper. Ripped with plummy, cedary, spicy flavour. Long and velvety on the finish. Characterised by its power, balance and fleshy appeal. High in alcohol (not to mention price) but when you sup of its glorious flavours, all such quibbles quickly fly out the window.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Strong purple-crimson; from the first whiff to the finish and aftertaste, the wine has remarkable cohesion, line and balance; there are hints of spice to the essentially black fruits, the French oak evident but seamless, the mouthfeel supple and velvety; the finish with a dry, savoury twist, is just what was needed.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2006 Vintage) says
Well, the price is a massive hurdle, but the wine is magnificently lovely. Rich and hedonistic and so smooth you could break the water-speed record on it. Long, ropey tannins. Long shoots of minty, plummy flavour. Complex elements of sandalwood and cloves. And tremendous length of flavour. This spent twenty months in quality French oak and, in truth, it has been made to perfection. We're not always a fan of Platinum Shiraz, but this release is elite.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
A deep and densely flavoured wine, with abundant black fruits and dark chocolate overtones; excellent control of tannin and oak, with some barrel ferment hints.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says
Simultaneously sumptuous and elegant, this vibrant, dark-fruited shiraz marries its brightly lit, spicy and peppery flavours of mulberries, blackberries, dark plums and blueberries with lightly toasty, charry and vanilla oak, that suggests just a hint of caramel. It's musky and heady, while its lavishly sweet-fruited palate has a meaty and very slightly cooked aspect that compromises neither brightness nor intensity. Supported by fine-grained, powdery tannin, it's long, persistent and admirably balanced.
Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Extremely powerful, with layers of black fruits sandwiched between layers of tannin and French oak; the fruit will win out, but take 10 years to do so.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Dense, deep colour; medium- to full-bodied; gloriously rich and ripe blackberry fruit with bitter chocolate, spice, licorice and high-quality oak part of the team.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says
Heady, meaty and peppery aromas of blackberries, raspberries, cassis and mulberries are lifted by lightly smoky/cedary oak, black pepper and spicy nuances of clove and nutmeg. Velvet smooth and quite restrained despite its 15.5% alcohol it reveals a meaty, raisined and leathery aspect and a spirity warmth. Handsomely oaked and famed by fine, mouth-coating tannin, It's strong and powerful, finishing with a lingering core of vibrant berry/plum fruit.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Super-elegant, beautifully crafted, medium-bodied wine; black fruits, tannins and oak are seamlessly woven together; long, lingering finish; 50% Eden Valley/50% Barossa Valley.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
Jeremy Oliver (2002 Vintage) says
Deeply scented with violets, cassis and cedar/chocolate oak, this smooth and sumptuous shiraz reveals alluring nuances of dark fruits, spices and white pepper. There's a hint of menthol and sweet, tightly integrated new oak. It unfolds layers of raspberries, licorice and cassis along its juicy, firm and velvet-like palate. Framed by silky tannins. it reveals undertones of licorice and currants. Terrifically well made, but perhaps a shade into the prune/currant flavour spectrum for an even higher score and anticipated cellaring future.
Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
Jeremy Oliver (2001 Vintage) says
The only problem about this outstanding Adelaide Hills shiraz is that despite its promise of exceptional longevity, it is so drinkable right now that I doubt much will ever be tasted near its peak. Laced with spicy, musky scents of violets and black pepper, cassis and raspberries blueberries and blackberries, it's supported by vanilla and bubblegum-like new oak aromas. A long, plush palate of unbelievably pure, pristine and vibrant dark berry and plum fruits is tightly integrated with new oak and supported by the finest of tannins. It might be the most expensive, but it's the best Wolf Blass wine ever released.
Australian Wine Annual 2005 2004
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Deeply coloured; rich and plush, perfectly ripened blackberry fruit; exemplary oak handling and tannin management; great length.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
James Halliday (1998 Vintage) says
Full purple-red; complex, rich black cherry fruit with bints of licorice and spicy oak on the bouquet foretell a palate with great depth, length, structure and balance. From a single 50-year-old Eden Valley vineyard; spent 18 months in French oak, and won the 2000 Great Australian Shiraz Challenge.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002

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