Wolf Blass `Black Label` Cabernet Shiraz Malbec 2012 (6 x 750mL), Screwcap

A POWERFUL EXPRESSION OF THE WOLF BLASS PHILOSOPHY OF SYNERGISTIC BLENDING, BLACK LABEL IS BUILT ON PERSISTENCE OF FLAVOUR, SEAMLESS TEXTURE AND LONG VELVETY TANNINS. OPULENT YET ELEGANT FRUIT FROM LANGHORNE CREEK AND McLAREN VALE PROVIDES RICHNESS, DEPTH AND EXCEPTIONAL COMPLEXITY.

Overview

A POWERFUL EXPRESSION OF THE WOLF BLASS PHILOSOPHY OF SYNERGISTIC BLENDING, BLACK LABEL IS BUILT ON PERSISTENCE OF FLAVOUR, SEAMLESS TEXTURE AND LONG VELVETY TANNINS. OPULENT YET ELEGANT FRUIT FROM LANGHORNE CREEK AND McLAREN VALE PROVIDES RICHNESS, DEPTH AND EXCEPTIONAL COMPLEXITY.

Region:
SA - Other South Australian
State:
South Australia
Country:
Australia

Expert Reviews

97 Points! James Halliday

Deep crimson-purple; whereas the '11 had to fight every inch of the way, this wine displays almost contemptuous ease in the way it has marshalled the layers of black fruits and ripe tannins that soak up the new oak inputs. This will be one of the long-lived, great Black Labels. Jul 2015

94 Points - Decanter

The Malbec (5%, versus 54% Cabernet Sauvignon and 41% Shiraz) sings in the juiciness and violet lift of a vintage characterised by a mild summer with cool nights. Black pepper riffs and a gentle pucker of plum skin add layers and interest to this lively Black Label’s well-defined black cherry, blackcurrant and blackberry fruit. Though new and American oak is down again (to 52% and 22% respectively), its mocha notes currently sit apart. Needs tim

Winery Tasting Notes

COLOUR Deep rich purple.

NOSE

A distinctive and characteristic Black Label nose defined by layers of fragrant dark berries

and blackcurrant, backed up with deep notes of espresso coffee, panforte and smoky, toastednut

barrel ferment characters. Hints of Langhorne Creek mint are evident without being dominant. Classic cigar-box complexity is starting to express itself and is expected to develop further with time.

PALATE

A complex, multi-layered and mouth-filling wine, with refined yet opulent fruit and a plush, velvety texture. Perfectly ripe spicy blackberry and blood-plum flavours fill out a beautifully balanced palate that’s complexed by integrated mocha oak and finessed with supple, elegant tannins that impart a defined

line and exceptional length of flavour.

DRINK

2017-2030+

FOOD MATCH

Great with slow roasted venison shoulder with rosemary and soft polenta or vintage cheddar with walnuts and honey-poached quince.

MATURATION

Matured as individual vineyard batches in a combination of 40% new and 38% seasoned French oak, 12% new and 10% seasoned American oak for 20 months.

Medals & Trophies

International Wine Challenge, 2016: Gold

Decanter World Wine Awards, 2017: Silver

Decanter World Wine Awards, 2016: Silver

International Wine & Spirit Competition, 2016: Silver Outstanding

International Wine Challenge, 2018: Bronze