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Brown Label Shiraz 2017

Wolf Blass

Brown Label Shiraz 2017

Wolf Blass

Brown Label Shiraz 2017

Special Treat
RRP (750 mL)
$50.00
750 mL
$35.00
6 x 750 mL
$210.00

Overview

Overview

Brown Label Shiraz brings together the best of three regions, uniting power and length from the Barossa Valley, the plush opulence of McLaren Vale and the fragrance and finesse of Langhorne Creek in a synergistic blend.

The original Wolf Blass Brown Label Shiraz was first released in 1975, a blend of Shiraz from Langhorne Creek and the Barossa Valley. The wine came to be known as Brown Label ‘Classic Shiraz’, evolving into the finest Shiraz blend of the vintage, with fruit selected from the year’s three most outstanding regions.

Batches of fruit from each vineyard were fermented separately in small open-top fermenters for 5 to 10 days. Plunging and gentle irrigation were used to work the cap and optimise flavour, colour and tannin extraction, providing for concentration and depth of fruit, while keeping tannins plush. Select batches completed fermentation in barrel, contributing to mid palate texture, while others finished fermentation on skins, providing structural length and focus. After 16 months’ oak maturation, each batch was carefully assessed before blending, to create a truly synergistic wine that brings together the finest attributes of Shiraz from each viticultural region.

Varietal Shiraz
Vintage 2017
Country Australia
Region Multi-Region Blend
Volume 750 mL
Enclosure Screw Cap
Alc/Vol 14.5%
Peak Drinking Now - 2030
Winemaker Marie Clay

Taste Description

Taste Description

Nose

Complex layers of black and blue fruits with notes of liquorice, dark chocolate and warm spice.

Flavours and Palate

Fruit generosity and textural, plush tannins combine to provide a wine with intensity of flavour, density on the palate, and fruit length on the finish. Subtle nougat oak supports the fruit and provides creaminess to the texture. Tannins are powdery and layered, building through the mid-palate and coming together to support a generous, long finish. A complete wine with power and intensity, yet finesse, character and eminent drinkability.

Food Pairing

Food Pairing

Beef
Lamb
Duck
Veg
Pizza

Awards and Accolades

Awards and Accolades

93 points Jane Faulkner

Jane Faulkner, Halliday Wine Companion

"Black-purple hue; awash with plush black plums and cherries, rich and ripe almost too much. Full-bodied, supple yet substantial tannins partly oak derived - sweet coconutty oak yet has a softness and appeal."

Viticulture

Viticulture

Winter was drier than average, followed by a warm, dry spring and early-summer, with good conditions for flowering and fruit set. January and February were mild, with welcome rain in late January slowing ripening. This allowed for early lignification of seeds and stalks, with development of rich, bright flavours, dense colours and ripe tannins.