Wolf Blass Grey Label McLaren Vale Shiraz 2019
Tasting NotesThe 2019 Grey Label McLaren Vale Shiraz from Wolf Blass is a deep purple with crimson hues. A complex, layered nose of lifted blueberry, blackberry and blood plum, with hints of dark chocolate, liquorice and warm spices, enhanced with subtle, fragrant oak. Rich yet elegant, with plush, succulent dark-berry fruit that fills the mouth without being heavy. The tannins are fine, long and velvety, framing the palate while providing texture and length.
Reviews & AwardsGOLD - 2021 International Wine Challenge
TROPHY - 2021 International Wine Challenge
"A real crowd pleaser here from a producer who has traditionally read the wine crowd better than most. The fruit is sweet and succulent, the wine is chock full of fruit flavour – which is, I’d argue, a big part of the role of the introductory luxury Grey Label tier – and above all, it’s approachable now. And eye catching, too. The deep, dense purple colour grabs your attention. As do the aromas of blueberry, black cherry, blackberry, liquorice, cacao, spice – enticing stuff. There’s an intensity of flavour that guides this wine, a touch of savouriness, too, as the dark fruits move into prune and charcuterie. McLaren Vale shiraz generally falls into the full-bodied and generous category, but there’s a little more light and shade to this wine which is very appealing. And the oak, coffee grounds and mocha, is definitely part of that appeal, too. This should age a treat."
95 Points - Jeni Port, Wine Pilot
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McLaren Vale Shiraz is inherently suited to the Grey Label style, rich, plush and powerful, yet with an approachability that provides sheer enjoyment throughout its evolution over time in bottle. Grey Label Shiraz was sourced from vineyards ranging in altitudes from about 50m near the coast to 200m where McLaren Vale merges with the Adelaide Hills, bringing complexity and layers of interest to the final wine. The region mostly spans two basins of ancient bedrock layered with sediments laid down by advances and retreats of the sea over the past 45 million years. Soil types vary from sands, yellow clays, and red and black loams through to ironstone. 2019 vintage conditions saw well below average rainfall between October and March, with judicious irrigation required to develop canopies early in the season and maintain vine health throughout summer. McLaren Vale’s proximity to the moderating influence of Gulf St Vincent helped temper the hot summer days. Fruit was picked at optimal ripeness, yet while still retaining natural acidity and fresh, bright flavours. Individual vineyard batches were fermented in small open-top fermenters for 5 to 10 days. Plunging and gentle irrigation were used to work the cap and optimise flavour, colour and tannin extraction, providing for concentration and depth of fruit flavour, while keeping tannins plush, hallmarks of the Grey Label style. Select batches completed fermentation in barrel, contributing mid-palate texture, while others finished fermentation on skins, providing structural length and focus. Matured as individual vineyard batches in a combination of 52% seasoned and 18% new French oak, and 19% seasoned and 10% new American oak for 15 months. Will develop with age, softening and mellowing to reward a decade or more of careful cellaring. Winery Notes
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