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Wolf Blass Black Label Cabernet Shiraz Malbec 2016

The most iconic red wine in the Wolf Blass stable, Black Label is not about individual regions or varieties, but rather about crafting the finest blend from South Australian vineyards. Since 1973, the chase to make the perfect wine has been fundamental to creating 44 remarkable vintages of Black Label. Built on complex, multilayered flavour and magnificent structure, Black Label is a powerful expression of the Wolf Blass philosophy of synergistic blending.

The philosophy behind Black Label is simple: to take the year’s very best wines and weave them together into a synergistic whole, the resultant wine being greater than the sum of its parts. It’s about creating a wine with many layers of flavour in a complex composition of intense fruit characters, magnificent structure, a rich lustrous texture, long velvety tannins and a lingering palate.

Harvested at optimum maturity and flavour, fruit from each vineyard was crushed, de-stemmed and fermented separately for seven to twelve days on skins. The ferments were allowed to warm naturally, with plunging and gentle pumping over used to maximise colour and flavour extraction. Mid-ferment cooling extended fermentation, exploiting time on skins and accentuating line and length. Some batches stayed on skins to dryness, while others completed fermentation in barrel, allowing a balanced integration of oak characters and enhancing texture and complexity. 18 months’ maturation in 54% new and 30% seasoned French oak, 12% seasoned and 4% new American oak has enhanced structure and complexity.

The Wolf Blass Black Label 2016 is the 44th Vintage of this iconic red wine and is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (65%), Shiraz (33%) and Malbec (2%). The wine displays a lifted, fragrant nose, with blackberry, cassis and dark plum fruits reinforced with roast coffee, chocolate, fennel seed, and toasted nut complexity derived from barrel fermentation and maturation. Hints of tobacco leaf add attractive highlights. The palate is generous and complex, with dark plum and blackcurrant fruits layered with savoury secondary flavours of coffee and cedary oak. Typical of the characteristic Black Label style that overrides regional and varietal influences, with a full, rich, palate reflecting the vintage. Showing definitive power and elegance through seamless texture, beautifully balanced, lingering fruit and smooth, long, chocolatey tannins.

Wine File
Producer:
Wolf Blass
Country:
Australia
Region:
South Australia
Sub Region:
Barossa Valley
Style:
Red Wine
Primary Grape(s):
Cabernet Sauvignon , Syrah/Shiraz
Bottle Size:
75cl
Alcohol:
14.5%
Closure:
Screw Cap
Contains Sulphites:
Yes
Units Per Bottle:
10.9

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