When first setting out to make wine under his own label in the 1960s, Wolf Blass bucked the trend of making heavy, tannic reds to pursue a unique Australian wine style, one that was softer, more approachable and with greater “drinkability”. Drinkability for Wolf Blass then, as it is today, was key to his success. Wolf approached red winemaking with a “white wine thinking brain” and in 1967, Grey Label Langhorne Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz was born, the very first wine to bear the Wolf Blass name. Consistently finding that McLaren Vale Shiraz was providing the style our winemakers were seeking, and in recognition of the exceptional quality of fruit from the region, Shiraz for Grey Label has been sourced exclusively from McLaren Vale since the 2003 vintage. Grey Label Shiraz is the perfect illustration of why McLaren Vale is so highly regarded for its exceptional Shiraz. Wines from the region are full, rich and highly expressive of the variety with plush, vibrant fruit and fine, structural tannins. McLaren Vale lies close to the coast and this proximity, combined with its undulating topography provides a multitude of sub-regional terroirs, the amalgamation of which contributes to the depth and complexity of the final wine. the climate is Mediterranean with warm sunny days to perfectly ripen the berries and concentrate flavours, and fresh sea breezes to temper the heat. Meanwhile, the nearby Mount Lofty ranges channel cool winds down from the hills in the evenings, chilling the grapes and helping retain good crisp acidity and fine, graceful structure. the result: a classic example of power and elegance.
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