Wine Advocate 89 points - The 2008 Gold Label Shiraz has a very deep garnet-purple color and is intensely scented of blackberry and black cherry and whiffs of mint and chocolate. The palate is well structured with a high level of acidity and a medium level of fine grained tannins supporting the concentrated, full bodied fruit. The finish is long. Delicious now, it should keep to 2017+. ” (Oct 2010)
The color displays a deep crimson red. On the nose intense aromas of rich dark berry and plums, layered with underlying notes of fragrant spice and chocolate, while on the palate, rich and round, with a full palate of bright berry fruit and plums flavors along with well-integrated oak, fine acidity, balanced tannins and a long seamless finish.
This wine is enjoyable now but will benefit from four to six years cellaring.
"Smooth and velvety, with dark berry, tobacco and licorice flavors coming together nicely as the finish rolls on. Offers depth and impeccable balance. Drink now through 2018." - 90 POINTS WINE SPECTATOR
"The 2008 Gold Label Shiraz has a very deep garnet-purple color and is intensely scented of blackberry and black cherry and whiffs of mint and chocolate. The palate is well structured with a high level of acidity and a medium level of fine grained tannins supporting the concentrated, full bodied fruit. The finish is long. Delicious now, it should keep to 2017+." - 89 POINTS WINE ADVOCATE
|Shiraz matches well with lamb, burgers, game, casseroles, roast beef and aged cheddar cheese.
Gold Label Shiraz is great with Roast Beef with Caramelised Onion Marmalade; Sizzling Mongolian Lamb; or Seared Kangaroo Fillet with Beetroot Relish.
|In 1969 Wolfgang Blass purchased a 2.5 acre landholding in South Australia. Four years later, Wolf Blass Wines was born with the first vintage of Wolf Blass Black Label. From humble beginnings in a tin shed in the Barossa Valley, Wolf Blass Wines is now one of the most successful and awarded wineries in Australia.
The piece of land happened to be on Bilyara Road and when researching the name, Wolf discovered that it is the Aboriginal name for “Eaglehawk”. As the eagle is also the national emblem of Germany, Wolf’s homeland, he decided that the Eagle would also appear on all of his wines – a legacy that continues today.
In 1974 Wolf Blass Black Label won the highly coveted Jimmy Watson Trophy from the Melbourne Wine Show, the first of three consecutive wins, generating substantial publicity and hype. In 1999, Wolf Blass Black Label made history, becoming the only wine to win the Jimmy Watson Trophy an unprecedented four times.
Since then, growth has been impressive and inspiring with Wolf Blass winning more than 3,000 awards at national and international wine shows, including most recently, International Red Winemaker of the Year at the 2008 International Wine Challenge in London.
Wolf Blass Wines have always had a unique and highly distinguishable style. With a strong focus on careful fruit sourcing, fermentation, maturation and blending, the wines deliver lifted vibrant fruit flavours, a soft rounded palate and well integrated tannins that are the hallmarks of the entire Wolf Blass range.
Today, Wolf Blass wines are exported to more than 50 countries and the Wolf Blass brand is recognised internationally as a producer of premium wines.