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Wolf Blass Black Label Shiraz Cabernet Malbec
Shiraz Cabernet Malbec
Ranked #3 of 17 2002 Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec from South Australia
Top Ranked Wine
4.5 Stars
Huon Hooke

Huon Hooke

Deep red colour, purple edge. Toasty, earthy development and chocolate, with savoury, nutty barrel-aged characters of some complexity. Rich, smooth and fleshy, excellent wine. Still very firm in its tannins and acidity, but an excellent red drinking at its peak now. Will continue to do so for many years... at least 10.
Tasted: 04/09/2012
Drink: 2012 to 2027

96 Points James Halliday

30th Vintage. Flooded with opulent, multi-layered black fruits; a silky, sensual, supple texture, with seamless oak and tannins. This note is for the version under screwcap; there is a vast difference between it and the conventionally closed bottle. Drink to 2022.
Source: James Halliday. July, 2006

96 Points James Halliday

Very good colour; medium bodied; silky, sensual, supple texture; black fruits and licorice; seamless oak and tannins. Drink to 2017.
Source: James Halliday. March, 2006

95 Points James Halliday

Deep purple colour; lavish amounts of everything are to be found in this wine: a cascade of black fruits ranging through blackcurrant, blackberry, mulberry, plum and licorice; firm tannins are in balance with the fruit; all the fruit and tannins are wrapped in a thick coating of French oak. Drink now if you are likely to take a $130 bottle to a barbecue, and, failing this, it needs up to 10 years in the cellar to calm down and learn manners. Drink to 2030.
Source: James Halliday. February, 2012

94 Points James Halliday

Impenetrable colour; as ever this is no shrinking violet, as it is full throttle, pedal to the metal power, with super-ripe, but not over-ripe, black fruit melding with fine-grained toasty oak in abundance; the palate is densely packed, big-boned and hefty, yet remains relatively light on its feet; big is beautiful for some. Drink to 2022.
Source: James Halliday. February, 2013

94 Points James Halliday

Deep purple-crimson; as ever, a complex bouquet reflecting its multi-varietal (Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz/Malbec), multi-regional, French and American oak blood lines; it is full-bodied, but cannot entirely escape the toughness of the vintage in SA, although it will undoubtedly soften and fill out with time in bottle. Drink to 2030.
Source: James Halliday. January, 2011

The first award Wolf Blass Black Label ever won was the Jimmy Watson Trophy, so there was a certain sense of déjà vu when, after two decades without claiming the coveted claret jug, this great wine won the most competitive Watson in history.

From its very first vintage in 1973 the philosophy behind Black Label has always been brilliantly simple. It would always be the finest wine the winery could produce. It would always be dominated by the noble cabernet sauvignon and would always be sourced from the best vineyards in South Australia. There was never a strict adherence to a particular vineyard or varietal blend - the year and the vineyards would dictate the wine's final composition. Over the years the Black Label has relied upon the Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, Langhorne Creek and of course the Barossa Valley for its fruit. The best parcels of grapes are kept separate throughout the winemaking and maturation process and it is when the final components are considered "finished" that the master blender's art is put to its ultimate test. The Black Label is traditionally released four years after vintage so the wine has had appropriate bottle maturation before being presented to the wine lovers of the world.

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