Wolf Blass Yellow label Shiraz 2008

We were over at a friends house for dinner and this one was being served. As we all know the difference between a Shiraz and a Syrah is style and terroir. Aussie has a reputation for making some peppery shiraz’s so I had this in mind when I was thinking about this wine. I was actually going to skip it because of that. Then I thought, what the heck, let’s give it a try. Bam another preconception shattered. I wish companies would get the whole shiraz/syarh thing sorted out. The wine is quite dark in color, mild on the nose. On the mid pallet are some lovely rich black fruits, some blueberries and the like, slightly sweet. On the finish the wine is on the lighter side of medium with tannins and alcohol well under control. I’m waiting for it … where’s the pepper. And then it dawns on me … THERE IS NO PEPPER coming. This is a syrah not a shiraz. And a pretty good one at that. I would give it an 89. Just keep your expectations in check. Not a bad wine at all!

From the LCBO web site:
WOLF BLASS SHIRAZ LCBO 506691 | 750 mL bottle Price: $ 16.45
Wine, Red Wine, 13.0% Alcohol/Vol.

Made in: Australia, Australia By: Mildara Blass Limited

Tasting Note
Deep purple red colour; dry and full-bodied with ripe blackberry/cherry, mint and spice notes; dry, full bodied, with rich with a plush texture, balanced tannins, with oaky and long on the finish.

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