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Brown Label Shiraz 2015

Brown Label Shiraz 2015

RRP (750 mL)
$50.00
750 mL
$50.00
6 x 750 mL
$300.00

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 2015
Country Australia
Region Multi-Region Blend
Volume 750 mL
Enclosure Screw Cap
Alc/Vol 14.5%
Peak Drinking Enjoy Now
Winemaker Marie Clay

Awards and Accolades

Awards and Accolades

93 points Campbell Mattinson
90 points Huon Hooke
Gold 2018 Adelaide Wine Show
Silver 2017 Decanter World Wine Awards
Silver 2017 San Franciso Wine Show
Silver 2018 International Wine Challenge
Silver 2018 San Francisco Wine Show
Bronze 2017 International Wine Challenge
Bronze 2017 Royal Adelaide Wine Show

Campbell Mattinson

"It’s now labelled as Classic Brown Label and it comes complete with a beautiful – in the eye of this beholder – retro label. It’s shiraz from the Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale and Langhorne Creek regions.

Soft, fluid, cuddly; all those things. Full-bodied Australian shiraz, well ripened, well made, well presented. No ifs or buts here. Blackberry, coal, earth, malt, honey and soy. Not over-oaked in any way. It’s one of those wines that feels ‘deceptively tannic’, a la St Henri most years, in that it feels free-flowing at first but the tannin impact slowly seems to grow. A good release. Not shouty."

Huon Hooke

"Very deep, concentrated red/purple colour, and very youthful, the bouquet oaky and herbal, fresh and bright, with a lick of mint. There is a lot of oak and the colour seems oak-fixed. The wine is savoury and drying with abundant soft tannins. A big wine which needs plenty of time."

Food Pairing

Food Pairing

Beef
Lamb
Duck
Veg
Pizza

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.

Viticulture Vintage & Winemaking

Viticulture Vintage & Winemaking

South Australia

Home to the oldest vines in the country, and no less than 18 wine growing regions, South Australia accounts for almost 50% of Australia’s wine production. The Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Langhorne Creek and Coonawarra are well known for their world class reds, with Adelaide Hills, Clare Valley and Eden Valley praised for their exceptional Chardonnay and Riesling.

Good winter rains set the vines up well for the growing season. On average yields were slightly low, which, combined with dry conditions , allowed for an early harvest. Conditions remained dry and moderate throughout, allowing optimum ripening. Quality was excellent, with good colour, balance of sugar and flavour, and a ttractive tannin development.

Marie Clay - Winemaker

Wolf Blass winemaker Marie Clay discovered wine through her Dad's stellar collection of South Australian reds. Like all good fathers, he stocked up on the birth year of his two daughters. In Marie's case, that just happened to be a lovely bottle of 1979 Wolf Blass Black Label, which was cracked at her 21st birthday.
After graduating in 2000 from the University of Adelaide with first Class honours in Oenology, Marie received the Southcorp wine scholarship. This allowed her to travel and work with the company’s best winemakers across the Australian wine regions of Coonawarra, Barossa, Sunraysia and Great Western. Following these experiences, Marie worked with Lindeman’s for 4 years at both their NSW and Victorian wineries, overseeing white wine production.
In December 2006 Marie joined the Wolf Blass winemaking team in the Barossa, where she relished the opportunity to work with premium red wines from vineyard to bottle. She loves working in a modern winery that allows the fruit's potential to be realised. Langhorne Creek and McLaren Vale, the heartland regions of the Grey Label range, are particularly close to her heart.