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The Master Cabernet Shiraz 2018

The Master Cabernet Shiraz 2018

The Master Cabernet Shiraz 2018

Overview

Overview

Upholding the Wolf Blass tradition of expert blending, The Master was crafted from only the finest parcels from different varieties and vineyard blocks of the 2018 vintage, creating a one of a kind Cabernet Shiraz blend of rare distinction. With only 28 barrels having been produced, what results is an extremely limited release wine that is a true representation of the Wolf Blass house style.

First released to coincide with his 80th birthday, The Master is a homage to Wolf Blass Founder, Wolfgang Blass AM. Drawn from distinguished vineyards in traditional Wolf Blass source regions, The Master is the classic Australian blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz celebrated in exceptional style.

“From a single vineyard on an amazing patch of ancient soil, and as unique as the man himself, this is a wine to be shared in celebration of life’s momentous occasions.” - Chris Hatcher, Wolf Blass Chief Winemaker

Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz
Vintage 2018
Country Australia
Region Geier Vineyard, Greenock, Barossa Valley
Volume 750 mL
Enclosure Screw Cap
Alc/Vol 14.5%

Awards and Accolades

Awards and Accolades

97 points Ken Gargett
95 points Huon Hooke
95 points Tony Love

Ken Gargett

"At this early stage of what promises to be a long life, the wine is taut and tense, dark fruits dominating. Seamless, there are notes of black cherries, black olives, old leather, tobacco leaf, spices, a hint of cocoa powder and even some mulberry. Fine balance, lovely silky tannins, supple texture, excellent length, the wine is true to its origins, the varieties and the maker. What more could you want? Cracking stuff. This is a special occasion wine."

Huon Hooke

"Deep, dense purple/red colour, bright and brooding. The bouquet is very rich and essency, plummy and vanillan, with concentrated dark plum and chocolate flavours, full-bodied and ample in the mouth, the tannins soft and fine and mouth-coating. The shiraz is dominating at this stage, with blackberry and graphite notes chiming in. It's a rich, soft, cuddly wine with lovely balance and flavour, albeit not that detailed or complex. Perhaps that will come with time. It certainly has time on its side."

Tony Love

"The big, rich western Barossa cabernet has somewhat different front-end characters to those you see in many blends that source their cabernet fruit from either Coonawarra or Wrattonbully. That said there are beautiful plump cabernet berries here, more blackberry than blackcurrant, with a wave of plush and plummy shiraz to follow once the cabernet and oak notes have tapered off to allow its more familiar Barossan partner to speak. And it is then that you see the striking sweetness of this wine; rich and purposeful. All up, there is a harmonious track here, no chunks or weighty, structural ballast but an elite line and length with a robe of mid- weight tannins, smooth milk choc with plum and blackberry flavours to finish and a faint sense of amaro bitters in play that perhaps shows itself in contrast to the aforementioned sweetness…"

Taste Description

Taste Description

Nose

Lifted dark fruit aromas of blackcurrant, blackberry and black mulberry, characteristic of the Geier Vineyard terroir, with hints of liquorice, savoury black olive, bay leaf and light Cabernet florals.

Flavours and Palate

A smooth, rich palate with complex, concentrated flavours of ripe black fruits, black olive, gentle earthiness and cedary oak. A sleek, silky texture, and fine, long, Cabernet tannins provide a layered structure with tight focus, definitive line and great length.

Viticulture Vintage & Winemaking

Viticulture Vintage & Winemaking

The Geier Vineyard enjoyed an exceptional growing season in 2018, beginning with above average winter rain that filled soil profiles and set the vines up well. Spring and summer were warm and dry, with ideal conditions for ripening. Early lignification and flavour development allowed for picking at optimum ripeness without excessive sugar. Harvest was relatively early, with wines showing lifted aromatics and intense varietal character