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Grey Label Langhorne Creek Cabernet Shiraz 2017

Grey Label Langhorne Creek Cabernet Shiraz 2017

RRP (750 mL)
$45.00
750 mL
$45.00
6 x 750 mL
$270.00

Overview

Overview

The distinction, elegance and power of Langhorne Creek is expressed enticingly in Grey Label Cabernet Shiraz. Evolving since the first 1967 blend, it remains constant in the quality, character and style that is Grey Label.

Grey Label Cabernet Shiraz was sourced from a region as unique as the character it bestows upon the wine. The vineyards of Langhorne Creek lie on deep, rich, alluvial soils along the banks of the Bremer River. Flooding of the river provides natural irrigation while at the same time depositing silts and sediments that contribute to the unique soil qualities, impacting the resultant wine’s character and personality.

Individual vineyard batches were fermented 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, hallmarks of the Grey Label style. Selected batches completed fermentation in barrel, contributing mid-palate texture, while others finished fermentation on skins, providing structural length and focus.

Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz
Vintage 2017
Country Australia
Region Langhorne Creek
Volume 750 mL
Enclosure Screw Cap
Alc/Vol 14%
Peak Drinking Enjoy Now
Winemaker Marie Clay

Awards and Accolades

Awards and Accolades

Trophy 2019 Royal Adelaide Wine Show
Gold 2019 Royal Adelaide Wine Show
93 points Huon Hooke
93 points Campbell Mattinson
Silver 2019 Langhorne Creek Wine Show

Huon Hooke

"Deep, dark red colour with a good tinge of purple, the bouquet showing blackberry and subtle background earthy, spicy and graphite nuances. The cabernet shows through strongly the longer it's in the glass. The wine is full-bodied and smoothly textured with very good line and length, the tannins more refined than in the Grey Label shiraz. A stylish wine, and not minty. (14% alc.)"

Campbell Mattinson

"Langhorne Creek Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. Matured in both French and American oak.

Yes there’s a lot of oak but the sternness of cabernet pulls it all firmly into line. Bay, briar, boysenberry and red/blackcurrant flavours move into shaving cream and mint. Dusty tannin and sweet raisin notes to the aftertaste round out a wine set to mature well for just about as long as you care to store it."

Food Pairing

Food Pairing

Beef
Lamb
Pasta
Veg
Pizza

Taste Description

Taste Description

Nose

A rich, dark fruit profile of black cherry and cassis, complexed with subtle mineral notes and savoury oak.

Flavours and Palate

Layers of black and red berry fruits, mineral nuances, warm spice and subtle savoury oak. The palate has richness yet finesse, lengthened by finely textured tannins.

Viticulture Vintage & Winemaking

Viticulture Vintage & Winemaking

Langhorne Creek, South Australia

Nestled among gum trees on an ancient flood plain between the Bremer and Angas rivers, Langhorne Creek is one of Australia’s best-kept viticultural secrets. Its deep, alluvial soils and the surprisingly cool influence of nearby Lake Alexandrina produce soft and fragrantly elegant reds with distinctive mintiness.

High rainfall through winter and spring resulted in good soil moisture profiles to start the season. An extended, cool ripening period followed, with a late December flood impacting some areas. Away from the central floodplain, the slow, moderate ripening led to excellent quality with great flavour development and varietal definition.

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.