Wolf Blass

Wolfgang Franz Otto Blass was born in 1934 in Germany. After Wolf ran away from school, his parents handed him an ultimatum, either start a 3-year winemaking apprenticeship or get back to class -- and so began a journey that changed the winemaking world.
After studying Champagne techniques in France in 1957, Wolf became the youngest person ever to graduate with a Master's in Oenology (Wine Science) from Veitschoechheim-Wuerzberg. In 1959, he moved to England to study the art of blending before moving to the Barossa Valley in 1961, deciding against a move to Venezuela which had started a revolt against its government. A mere five years later, in 1966, he established Wolf Blass Wines. Wolf began working with his first winemaker, John Glaetzer, in 1970, and within a year John followed Wolf to his new Bilyara winery. In 1973, Wolf really hit his straps by making the first Wolf Blass Black Label. Black Label would go onto win the 1974 Jimmy Watson Trophy, an accolade that is still considered Australia's most prestigious and sought after wine award. This victory helped provide the impetus to start exporting to the world and to establish John Glaetzer in the role of Senior Winemaker. John would go on to become one of the most proficient award winning winemakers Australia has ever seen. And as if one wasn't enough, Wolf Blass Wines went onto win two more Jimmy Watson Trophies in 1975 and 1976, followed by a record fourth Jimmy Watson win in 1999.

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Wolf Blass 'Gold Label' Chardonnay 2006
91  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 91"This is round, with a real silkiness to the texture, offering subtle layers of pear, lemon curd and hints of white pepper that fold over themselves as the finish lingers. Drink now through 2012. 900 cases imported."

Wolf Blass Caberenet Sauvignon 2007
"Wolf Blass Yellow Label Cabernet Sauvignon is a rich, deep wine. The nose shows fresh, varietal, leafy characters with subtle and integrated oak flavours. There are aromas of plums and berries. This is a medium to full bodied wine that offers a sweet, middle palate, finishing with fine, smooth,

Wolf Blass Shiraz 2005
"Wolf Blass Yellow Label Shiraz is deep red in colour. The nose shows notes of lifted, dark plum fruits, complemented with attractive spicy oak. The palate is fullbodied with dark rich berry flavours and spice and long fine tannins on the finish." ~Winery Notes

Wolf Blass 'Grey Label' Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
90  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 90"Aromatic with red berry and red pepper character, tangy with acidity but nicely polished in the mouth, finishing with a refreshing balance. Drink now through 2009. 500 cases imported. –HS"