1998 Wolf Blass Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz Merlot
The majority of the blend is Cabernet Sauvignon (89%) from the Barossa Valley, with the balance being Langhorne Creek Shiraz and McLaren Vale Merlot.. The wine has a beautiful deep purple colour with a bright crimson hue. On the nose and the palate the wine exhibits sweet peppermint characters with hints of chocolate, plum pudding and liquorice. The palate is rich, full bodied and beautifully structured.
Cellar 8-12 years (2010-2014).
Medium to full red-purple; the bouquet shows the sophisticated use of oak (20 months in French and American) with perfectly ripened cabernet fruit. The palate is rich and impeccaby balanced and structured, offering layer-upon-layer of cassis, blackberry and chocolate fruit flavour, sustained by fine tannins. Winner of the Jimmy Watson trophy in 1999, and several trophies at the Barossa Valley Wine Show. An odd double success; the only surprise is it has not won more trophies.
James Halliday – Australian Wine Companion