Wolf Blass Yellow Label Shiraz

I’ve mentioned my liking for the fine products of Wolf Blass once or twice before. You might recall that I’m very partial to the Yellow Label Cabernet Sauvignon. I’d heard that the Yellow Label range had been expanded to include a Merlot and a Shiraz, but I hadn’t got hold of either of those. Until now.

Earlier this week, I wandered into my local Oddbins to see if they had anything interesting. And would you believe it, they had one bottle of the 2003 Yellow Label Shiraz. At £7.50 it was well worth a try, so I bought it.

And a Friday evening seemed like a good time to sample it. I had some pasta for dinner, and there’s nothing like a good red wine to got with pasta, is there?

I was slightly apprehensive about this wine, to be honest. Given the choice, I’d generally go for a Shiraz in preference to a Cabernet. But the Yellow Label, once it’s matured a bit[1] is just so good, that with the exception of the one bottle of the quite stunningly wonderful Wolf Blass Black Label I had a few years ago[2], it’s my favourite wine. But if they could produce a Shiraz of equivalent quality at the same price, then that might just be my new favourite wine.

So, what’s it like then? Well, it’s really quite superb. Lots of body, lots of complex flavour and that lovely Shiraz spiciness. Is it my new favourite wine? Well, it’s a bit too soon to say. I’ll have to get some more, and see how I get on with those. But it does look promising. :grin:

[1] The 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon turned into a very gluggable wine
[2] At £40 a bottle, it’s not something I make a habit of. I managed to get one for £30, which persuaded me to try it. It was a bargain. Really.

6 thoughts on “Wolf Blass Yellow Label Shiraz

    1. Les Post author

      Wolf Blass, like a lot of wine producers, have moved to screwcaps in recent years. Nothing wrong with that, really – they keep the wine sealed (and remove the need to store the wine horizontally). The main reason given is that a fungus that can be in cork can taint the wine, making it taste bad.

  1. Stuart

    Recently recieved a bottle of yellow label cab sauv 2003 as a gift. Is it really a £40 bottle and if so how should i store it? And when is it best to drink?

    1. Les Post author

      Well, bought new, it’s about £9 a bottle now, but that would most likely be the 2008 or 2007. It does improve a great deal over time, so a 2003 bottle might go for that much if someone’s selling it, but I don’t really know for sure. Keep it in a wine rack, on its side (if it’s got a cork, this ensures that it won’t dry out, shrink and let air in which would spoil the wine). As to when to drink it, it’s really hard to say. I’ve had bottles that were about four years old that had developed nicely, yours has had longer than that, so in theory it should be in very good drinking condition. Now it might continue to improve, but it might not – it’s not an exact thing, so you have to take a chance at some point, otherwise it’ll still be there ten years later.

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