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 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, 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.
 The 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon turned into a very gluggable wine
 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.