Black Label Cabernet Shiraz Malbec 2012

Wolf Blass

Black Label Cabernet Shiraz Malbec

Regulated designation
Table wine
South Australia
Fleurieu, McLaren Vale
Cabernet Sauvignon 54 %
Shiraz 41 %
Malbec 5 %
Aging vessel type
Length of aging
20 months
Winery's website

About this winery

After studying Champagne techniques in France in 1957, Wolfgang Franz Otto Blass, became the youngest person ever to graduate with a Master's in Oenology (Wine Science) from Veitschoechheim-Wuerzberg. In 1959, he moved to England to study the art of blending before moving to the Barossa Valley in 1961, deciding against a move to Venezuela which had started a revolt against its government. A mere five years later, in 1966, he established Wolf Blass Wines.

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Product notes

Winter rainfall was close to the long-term average resulting in full soil moisture profiles. Spring temperatures fluctuated between warmer than average and very cool, summer temperatures were ideal, with mild to warm days and cool nights. Combined with low crop levels, this culminated in near-perfect ripening conditions, producing bright, varietal fruit with intensity of colour and flavour, excellent natural acidity and superb line and balance.

Tasting notes

Deep rich purple. Nose defined by layers of fragrant dark berries and blackcurrant, backed up with deep notes of espresso coffee, panforte and smoky, toastednut. A 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.

Press reviews

James Suckling

- 94 points -

James Suckling, August 2016

This is complex and has a distinctive regional mint thread, red rose-like perfume, cassis, black cherry, blue plum and spicy French oak. The palate is deeply flavored with dark plum, black cherry and blue fruit flavors, tannins are seamless, smooth and velvety, holds long and even, great wine. Drinking fine now, it has 15+ years of improving in bottle ahead of it.

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