Gold Label Shiraz Barossa
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.
Good winter and early spring rains set the vines up well, but windy conditions during fruit-set, and unseasonal November frosts lowered yields. Warm days and relatively cool nights in late spring and summer, and a cool mid-February with heavy rains, delayed harvest and lengthened ripening. Reds are rich and varietal with great colour and structural line.
21 months maturation in 85% seasoned and 15% new French oak has enhanced structure and complexity.
Nose: An intense and complex mix of rich Satsuma plums and dark berry fruits with a hint of perfumed lift and well integrated oak. Palate: Soft and plush with a balanced, textural palate of rich berry and chocolate flavours pulled together with an integrated tannin structure. Good palate length and elegant, structural line.