Consistently Wolf Blass

Wine shows are a dime a dozen and trophy winners come and go, but when a new wine consistently comes up trumps in several shows over a short period, it’s worth taking notice.

Wolf Blass 2009 Grey Label Shiraz Cabernet ($45) is such a wine. It’s won five trophies in three shows in one month, and before you yawn and say “yesterday’s wine” or “oaky blockbuster”, you should know that it’s a departure from the usual Grey Label formula. The grapes came from Robe and Mount Benson in South Australia’s Limestone Coast. In the past, Langhorne Creek was the preferred source. Not only it is a superb red, it’s an exciting moment for these young regions: it will draw the spotlight onto them in a big way. From my memory it’s the biggest accolade for any wine from either of these two regions. As chief judge at the recent Limestone Coast Wine Show, where it won three trophies including best wine of show, I can heartily recommend it. The other trophies were earned at Royal Adelaide and Royal Melbourne shows. The wine was produced by an all-girl team: winemaker is Marie Clay; viticulturalist is Angela Pomery. Angela wins the Arthur Hoffman Trophy as viticulturalist of the wine of show. Her prize is an overseas study trip.

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