Wolf Blass Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz Malbec 2012
3 TROPHIES, 1 DOUBLE GOLD, 11 GOLD & RATED 97 POINTS HALLIDAY
- 3 TIME TROPHY WINNER
- 1 DOUBLE GOLD & 11 GOLD MEDALS
- 97 POIN RATED JAMES HALLIDAY
- 96 POINT RATED JEREMY OLIVER
- 95 POINT RATED BOB CAMPBELL
- 94 POINT RATED HUON HOOKE & DECANTER MAGAZINE
A distinctive and characteristic Black Label nose defined by layers of fragrant dark berries and blackcurrant, backed up with deep notes of espresso coffee, panforte and smoky, toastednut barrel ferment characters. Hints of Langhorne Creek mint are evident without being dominant. Classic cigar-box complexity is starting to express itself and is expected to develop further with time.
A complex, multi-layered and mouth-filling wine, with refined yet opulent fruit and a plush, velvety texture. Perfectly ripe spicy blackberry and blood-plum flavours fill out a beautifully balanced palate that’s complexed by integrated mocha oak and finessed with supple, elegant tannins that impart a defined line and exceptional length of flavour.
97 Points James Halliday Wine Companion
Deep crimson-purple; whereas the '11 had to fight every inch of the way, this wine displays almost contemptuous ease in the way it has marshalled the layers of black fruits and ripe tannins that soak up the new oak inputs. This will be one of the long-lived, great Black Labels.
96 Points Jeremy Oliver
95 Points Bob Campbell, The Real Review
A blend of wines from Langhorne Creek and McLaren Vale. Dense, intense wine with blackberry, dark berry, dried fruits and spicy oak flavours. Softer, richer and more elegant than the 2010 vintage tasted alongside. Impressive red with obvious cellaring potential.
94 Points Decanter Magazine
94 Points Huon Hooke
Very deep red/purple colour, with a pungent, intense aroma of chocolate and coconut, vanilla oak. The wine is full-bodied and powerful, with concentration, density and punch aplenty. There is a high-alcohol fuminess and heat on the back-palate and a little syrupiness. It tastes higher than the stated 14.5%. A fairly extreme style.
92 Point The Wine Front
This Black Label has been about for forty vintages as of this 2012 release. Pretty amazing too. Kudos, Wolfie. Big, bold, powerful wine of immense flavour and impact. Big hit in the bouquet of dark fruit, liquorice, sweet ‘n’ spicy oak character, milk chocolate and faint violet floral character. Smooth journey across the tongue with palate staining dark fruit, spice, peppery wood notes. It’s long in flavour, finishes with light pucker of crushed slate tannin. Nevertheless, it’s pretty darn polished and sleek. There’s an elegance even with the heft, and a longevity that will likely be built on that acidity.
91 Points Decanter World Wine Awards 2017
Dark fruit, flowers, mocha, cream and oak sweep the nose and multi-layered palate. Most definitely a wine built for the future.
The Riedel Trophy for Best Wine from a Multi-Regional Blend - Langhorne Creek Wine Show 2015
The Riedel Trophy for Best Wine from a Multi-Regional Blend - Langhorne Creek Wine Show 2014
The Tonellerie Saint Martin Trophy for Best Wine $60 and over - Great Australian Red Competition 2014
Double Gold Medal
San Francisco International Wine Competition 2016
Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition 2018
Japan Wine Challenge 2018
The Great Australian Red Competition 2017
China Wine & Spirits Awards 2016
Japan Wine Challenge 2016
International Wine Challenge 2016
China Wine & Spirits Awards Best Value 2016
Langhorne Creek Wine Show 2015
Langhorne Creek Wine Show 2014
Great Australian Red Competition 2014
National Wine Show of Australia 2014
International Wine & Spirit Competition 2016
Decanter World Wine Awards 2017
Decanter World Wine Awards 2016
International Wine Challenge 2018
Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition 2016
Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition 2015
Wolf Blass proudly commemorate the 40th vintage release of Black Label and celebrate its iconic standing as a benchmark of Australian winemaking excellence. With the release of the 2012 vintage of Black Label, this is their 40th consecutive vintage and one of the real icons of Australian wine. Those 40 years go back to the first vintage in 1973 when Wolf won the Jimmy Watson Trophy at the Royal Melbourne Wine Show. Since that vintage, so for 40 vintages, they have won more than 64 trophies and nearly 300 gold medals. Black Label, over a very long time, has shown not only its incredible quality, but consistently, year in year out. Langhorne Creek - McLaren Vale
Matured as individual vineyard batches in a combination of 40% new and 38% seasoned French oak, 12% new and 10% seasoned American oak for 20 months
54% Cabernet Sauvignon - 41% Shiraz - 5% Malbec
|Grape Variety:||Cabernet & Blends|
|Cellaring:||Drink now or cellar til 2040|