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Platinum Label Shiraz 2013

Platinum Label Shiraz 2013

Platinum Label Shiraz 2013

RRP (750 mL)
$200.00
750 mL
$200.00
6 x 750 mL
$1,200.00

Overview

Overview

A single vineyard wine from the Medlands Vineyard that showcases the power and intensity of the 2013 vintage. The very best of Barossa Shiraz is expressed within a cloak of lifted fruit and the velvety texture that is the hallmark of Wolf Blass.

The distinguished Medlands Vineyard lies within an exceptional pocket of ground at Dorrien on the central north Barossa Valley floor, a site long renowned for growing outstanding Shiraz. Gently sloping towards the North Para River, the microclimate benefits from cooling breezes flowing down-river from the foothills and enjoys optimum sunlight, low rainfall and low humidity.

The vineyard is comprised of ancient soils ranging from loamy sands over light clays to sandy loams over medium clays, laid down 5 million years ago when an uplift of the Eastern ranges and a sinking of the valley floor caused the central valley to fill with sediments. This unique terroir results in Shiraz of purity, elegance, tight structure and flawless balance.

Varietal Shiraz
Vintage 2013
Country Australia
Region Barossa Valley
Volume 750 mL
Enclosure Screw Cap
Alc/Vol 14.5%
Peak Drinking Now - 2041
Winemaker Steven Frost

Awards and Accolades

Awards and Accolades

95 points Ned Goodwin
93 points Huon Hooke
93 points Mike Bennie
Trophy 2017 International Wine Challenge
Double Gold 2017 CWSA Best Value
Double Gold 2018 San Francisco Wine Show
Gold 2017 International Wine Challenge
Gold 2017 Decanter World Wine Awards
Gold 2017 Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition

Ned Goodwin

"A surprisingly low alcohol is noted on the label given the wine's compelling concentration, molten intensity and sheer, unbridled power. This said, the nose is reticent, brooding with an uncanny latency inferring graphite, basalt, cedar, anise, cardamon and an array of Indian spice. The billowing black fruits lie beneath, stretching... edging across the palate, but kept bound for now at least, to a carapace of pulpy grape tannin and lavish oak. Lock this away for some time."

Huon Hooke

"Deep, dark colour. Blackberry, licorice, rich and fruit sweet, soft but ample tannins. Long carry. Panforte flavours. A very smart wine."

Mike Bennie

"This wine comes from a single vineyard in the Dorrien parish of the Barossa Valley. “Quite an interesting little spot”, says chief winemaker Chris Hatcher, “it’s tucked in behind Dorrien, the mega contract winemaking facility. It’s an interesting pocket that had a lot of wine show success in the 1980s from various vineyards situated there. Our vineyard is located on the Para River, and the river goes up to the Eden Valley, and it drags down cool air from there creating a pretty unique little microclimate to make wine from”. Lots of insights from Chris Hatcher. Good to see Wolf Blass honouring a single site amongst all their kaleidoscopic blends (though that is a task and talent in itself).

Quite a firm wine, big ribs of tannin lashed to thick, rich, dense, dark, spicy fruit character. Lots of coffee oak character, surprising thick flow of concentrated fruit character but sits medium to full bodied, and not overblown or unctuous. Velvet draped plum and molten dark chocolate, with a lick of graphite. Has depth, loads of it, an inky persistence in the palate. Very good."

Food Pairing

Food Pairing

Beef
Lamb
Duck
Veg
Pizza

Taste Description

Taste Description

Nose

Concentrated aromas of black plum and blueberry are complemented by underlying savoury notes of bitterswee t chocolate, freshly ground coffee and the warm, gentle spice of fine fragrant oak.

Flavours and Palate

Elegant, yet bold and opulent, the palate is rich and complex , with dark fruit flavours of boysenberry, blackberry and blueberry given focus and structure with integrated French oak. A plush, velvety texture and a fine tannin line give rise to a wine of great stature and presence.

Viticulture Vintage & Winemaking

Viticulture Vintage & Winemaking

Barossa Valley, South Australia

Just one hour’s drive from South Australia’s capital, Adelaide, lies its gourmet capital (and wine Mecca), Barossa. One of the country’s most beautiful and historic wine regions, Barossa is a magnet for lovers of fine food and wine. Its classic Mediterranean climate, and free-draining red brown soils, makes the region ideal for growing grapes. Barossa produces excellent Shiraz, Cabernet, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Riesling and Semillon.

Spring rainfall was below average , but adequate for vines to start the season with healthy canopies. Storms during f lowering and dry summer conditions impacted yields , concentrating both colour and flavour. Warm autumn nights brought on an early, condensed harvest , with 2013 Shiraz showing vibrant colour, intense flavour and f ocused tannins.

Steven Frost - Winemaker

Steve grew up in his family's restaurant business in the Yarra Valley where, at an early age, his interest in food and wine was cultivated.
Though it wasn't his first career, growing and making wine was always Steve's passion, with most weekends spent working part-time in vineyards and making wines with friends.
Steve started working in the wine industry full-time in 1999, the same year he started a Bachelor of Applied Science (Wine Science) at Charles Sturt University. Drawn to work in the Barossa in 2005, he's been making Wolf Blass reds since 2008. The winery's expansive vineyard resources, modern and traditional winemaking techniques, and careful approach to blending proved just as irresistible then as they do now.