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Grey Label Shiraz 2012

Grey Label Shiraz 2012

Grey Label Shiraz 2012

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

Overview

Overview

Grey Label Shiraz was sourced from vineyards ranging in altitudes from about 50m near the coast to 200m where McLaren Vale merges with the Adelaide Hills. The region mostly spans two basins of ancient bedrock layered with sediments laid down by advances and retreats of the sea over the past 45 million years. Soil types vary from sands, yellow clays, and red and black loams through to ironstone. Harvested at optimum flavour ripeness, fruit was crushed and fermented in small open-top fermenters. Plunging and gentle pumping over were utilised to optimise flavour, colour and tannin extraction, allowing for richness and fruit depth while keeping tannins plush. Some parcels completed fermentation in barrel, integrating oak characters and contributing to mid-palate texture and complexity, while others were left on skins until dry to lengthen the finish.

Varietal Shiraz
Vintage 2012
Country Australia
Region McLaren Vale
Volume 750 mL
Enclosure Screw Cap
Alc/Vol 14.5%
Peak Drinking Now - 2026
Winemaker Marie Clay

Food Pairing

Food Pairing

Beef
Lamb
Duck
Veg
Pizza

Taste Description

Taste Description

Nose

A complex layered nose of fragrant blue and black berry fruits with hints of dark chocolate and subtle biscuity oak.

Flavours and Palate

Full-bodied with a generous flesh of dark berried fruit with notes of liquorice, dark chocolate and subtle oak. Plush and creamy, the palate is lengthened by fine acid and a velvety tannin structure.

Viticulture Vintage & Winemaking

Viticulture Vintage & Winemaking

McLaren Vale, South Australia

McLaren Vale lies nestled between the Mt Lofty Ranges and the rolling white sand beaches of Gulf St Vincent. With its warm Mediterranean climate, relaxed coastal ambience and superb local produce, McLaren Vale is a melting pot of food, wine and the arts: the ultimate epicurean destination. The region is renowned for its soft and velvety Shiraz, with pronounced berry, spice and chocolate flavours.

Vines were well balanced with good yields after establishing well from the light and regular winter rains a nd moderate spring conditions. Ripening was near perfect with good colour and flavour being achieved at moderate sugar levels and little disease pressure. Cool nights assisted in the retention of natural acidity in the fruit as it ripened.

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.