Some time last year, I bought six bottles of Wolf Blass President’s Selection Shiraz while they were on offer from those nice Tesco people. The plan was to keep them for a while to allow them to mature. A few years back, I had a bottle of this stuff, and it was one of the best I’ve ever had. I’ve had some since, but they weren’t really as good. I put that down to partly the normal annual variations in wine, and partly to not letting the wine mature enough. The last time I sampled a bottle of WBPSS was a couple of months ago, and at that time it was quite gluggable, but nothing special.
Anyway, I decided that tonight would be a good time to sample it, and see how it was coming along. Good move. It’s doing very well indeed, thank you. This evening’s bottle of the 2003 Shiraz turned out to be very nice indeed. It had that lovely spicy taste that a good Shiraz has and was very smooth and extremely gluggable. Went down very nicely, and just like that bottle I had a few years back, left me wanting more. Now I just have to persuade myself to wait another couple of months before I open another one…
 The only seriously better one was the one time I bought a bottle of the Wolf Blass Black Label, which they describe as more or less “the best wine we can make with the grapes available this year”. And it was wonderful stuff. Hideously expensive – it’s normally about £40 a bottle, but I got a special deal at £30. And it was worth every penny. Really.
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 Normally, if I finish a bottle of wine on my own, I don’t feel the slightest inclination to open another. On that occasion, I was disappointed that I didn’t have more of it. And if I didn’t have to go to work tomorrow, I’d have been very tempted to make a start on another bottle tonight.