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Grey Label McLaren Vale Shiraz 2012

Grey Label McLaren Vale Shiraz 2012

Overview

Overview

A richly flavoured, generous and sophisticated McLaren Vale Shiraz, which is perhaps the definitive expression of this classic regional and varietal pairing, carrying the distinctive Wolf Blass hallmarks of power and elegance.

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 Cork
Alc/Vol 14.5%
Peak Drinking Now - 2022
Winemaker The Wolf Blass Team

Awards and Accolades

Awards and Accolades

94 points James Halliday
93 points Huon Hooke
Trophy 2014 China Wine & Spirit Awards
Trophy 2015 China Wine & Spirit Awards Best Value
Double Gold 2014 China Wine & Spirit Awards
Double Gold 2015 China Wine & Spirit Awards Best Value
Double Gold 2015 China Wine & Spirit Awards
Silver 2015 San Francisco Wine Competition
Silver 2016 Japan Wine Challenge

James Halliday

"Finished its fermentation in new and used French oak, and matured in that oak for 18 months. The distinctive handling of the oak is as powerful as the McLaren Vale veil of dark chocolate."

Huon Hooke

"Bright, youthful, purple-tinged colour; fresh and brightly aromatic bouquet. Lovely wine, very concentrated and powerful, but also dense and rich, with some alcohol warmth and not too oaky. Dense and immaculate."

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.

Winter rainfall was close to the long-term average resulting in full soil moisture profiles prior to budburst. Spring temperatures fluctuated between warmer than average and very cool, starting to warm up towards November, which, combined with small crops, contributed to early ripening. Summer temperatures were ideal, with mild to warm days and frequent cool nights, culminating in nearperfect ripening conditions producing fruit with intense flavour and great natural balance.

Wolf Blass Team

The Wolf Blass team of winemakers share a similar working ethos – to boldly chase the pursuit of excellence, to uphold and represent Wolf Blass' proud history, and to create wine of exceptional quality.