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Wolf Blass Red Label Cabernet Merlot

Cracka Rating

Cracka Review

Wolf Blass keeps the value hits coming with this smooth and plummy cab merlot out of South Eastern Australia. Fleshy plums, blackcurrant and crushed leaves decorate the pretty nose, whilst the palate is medium-bodied, soft and succulent, with ultra soft tannins, friendly acidity, and smooth cherry tastes on the finish. It's excellent value, and worth keeping a stash of for when you feel like it.

Winemaker's Notes

The first Red Label, in 1986, was a classic blend of Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. An immediate success with wine drinkers around the world, its fruit driven characters and soft, smooth finish proved irresistible. The popularity of this wine has seen the range extended to now include 13 varietals sourced from premium South Eastern Australian vineyards. Ready to drink on release, Red Label epitomises the Wolf Blass promise of making quality wine approachable to more people.

Appearance: A deep red core with a vibrant crimson hue.

Nose: Lifted varietal characters of cherry and plum fruit with a slight hint of Cabernet leafiness.

Palate: A medium-bodied wine boasting a soft, juicy mid-palate of red fruit and a hint of minty varietal character from the Cabernet Sauvignon. The Merlot provides plushness and enhances and lengthens the finish.

Cellaring: Best enjoyed while young and fresh.

Alcohol: 13.5%

expert reviews about

Wolf Blass Red Label Cabernet Merlot

Expert Reviews

Jeremy Oliver (2011 Vintage) says
Firm and drying, this slightly blocky young red has a lightly herbal, cedary and faintly chocolatey bouquet of handsomely ripened blackcurrants, blackberries, dark cherries and plums backed by notes of vanilla and mint. It's full to meduim-bodied, with a pulsh presence of marginally baked fruit underpinned by a firm and drying backbone, finishing richa and fruitcake-like.
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition 2014
88
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Redcurrant and a splash of cassis; plummy, soft and forward with crisp acid to clean up
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
87
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Good structure and texture for the price; red berry fruits, fine tannins and balanced oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
88
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Well-handled and assembled; a nice mix of black and red fruits; fine tannins, good length.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
88
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
86
Ken Gargett (2003 Vintage) says
While I didn't quite love this wine as much as its brother with the shiraz instead of the merlot {No! Surely you jest Stu?) this remains a truly excellent wine at the price. The winemakers at Wolf Blass have not put a foot wrong over the past few years and now, with the resources and manpower provided by their merger with Southcorp, I think you just might see the big bad Wolf take over the world.
Don't Buy Wine Without Me 2006 2006
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
85

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