Wolf Blass Black Label 2012

Special 40th Vintage

 

Wolfgang Franz Otto Blass created a Cabernet-Shiraz, Australian wine legend when he launched Wolf Blass Black Label in 1973. It's first three vintages scored an unprecedented hat-trick by winning the prestigious Jimmy Watson trophy at the Royal Melbourne Show, which has never been repeated. This prodigious accolade was repeated with their 1998 vintage... It is the most awarded red wine in Australia with the 1994 being the only vintage not to win a gold medal. Each vintage averages 7 gold medals, which is an admirable boast.

Like many of the iconic Australian wines, Wolf Blass Black Label is a multi regional blend, with Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz being the dominate grape varieties. A little Merlot and Malbec can be found in some vintages but their percentages are small.  The fruit comes from Barossa, McLaren Vale, Eden Valley, Langhorne Creek, Coonawarra and Clare Valley. A higher proportion of Shiraz is added to cool vintages and more Cabernet Sauvignon to warm ones as the absolute key is balance and harmony.

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.

Sadly, and for reasons I am unsure of, Black Label disappeared from the UK for many years, which and as a personal collector of this great wine (since my early twenties) was such a shame however, The Vinorium has brought their 40th Anniversary release, the 2012 vintage to the UK for the very first time. - Stuart McCloskey



98+ Points Stuart McCloskey

“Textbook aromas of pencil lead, blackcurrants and touch of wood smoke intermixed roasted meats, dried herbs, ground pepper and blackberries. The 2012 possesses great purity and the quality of the fruit is clearly evident as is the winemaking skill. The wine is elegant and impeccably balanced – Not a hair out of place. Silk-like tannins compliment the deeply layered fruit and the seamless acidity keeps everything in check.  The finish seems eternal, which is exactly what you want it to be. Simply stunning, an absolute joy to drink now (3-4 hours in a decanter) but will live well into 2030+”.

 

Vineyard Region: Langhorne Creek - McLaren Vale

Grape Varieties: 54% Cabernet Sauvignon - 41% Shiraz - 5% Malbec

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.

Alc/Vol: 14.5%

Drinking / Cellar Window: Now to 2040

Closure: Screw cap

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.

 

£55.00 per bottle

 

£250.95 per case (6x75cl) IB