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Date Printed: 8/20/2014
Wolf Blass Gold Label Shiraz 2004
Wolf Blass Gold Label Shiraz 2004
(search item no. 87202)
screw cap wine

Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
The Wine News rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/20/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2007 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2005 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2002 The Wine News rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2001 The Wine News rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Number 51 on the Wine.com 100 of 2007!

The Barossa is Shiraz paradise. Wide daily temperature ranges thicken grape skins to develop wine colour and structure. Warm summer temperatures develop maximum ripeness, and low rainfall ensures juice concentration. Since the first Barossa vines were planted in 1847, a tradition of specialised pruning and minimal irrigation has forged the Barossa's reputation as a place where quality takes precedence over quantity. The screwcap closure is used to ensure freshness and preserve the characters of the wine and eliminate the possibility of cork taint.

This Shiraz is vibrant deep red in color with purple hues. The aromas exhibit blueberries, blackberries and dark plums overlaid with anise and smoky oak. Full, round and soft, this wine shows excellent depth across palate balanced by good acidity and fine long tannins.

Pair this Shiraz with slow roasted lamb shanks with tomato relish and creamy pepper mashed potatoes. Also good with red meats and anything barbequed.

"Shows distinctive Barossa style, with a touch of alcoholic warmth to the super ripe blackberry liqueur flavors. Ample oak imparts toast, vanilla, mint and chocolate complexity. It's a big, full-bodied wine, but because of its ripeness is approachable now."
-Wine Enthusiast

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About Wolf Blass:

Wolf Blass arrived in Australia's Barossa Valley at the age of 27, and has since developed one of Australia's premier wineries. Wolf Blass has been producing some of Australia's very best wines for over 30 years, receiving over 3,000 awards at international wine shows since 1966.

Produced from fruit grown in vineyards across southeast Australia, Wolf Blass winemakers produce wines of outstanding quality, character and consistency every year.