1998 Wolf Blass "Black Label" Cabernet Sauvignon South Australia

SKU #1003232 96 points James Halliday

Outer quote mark Medium to full red-purple; the bouquet shows the sophisticated use of oak (20 months in French and American) with perfectly ripened Cabernet fruit. The palate is rich and impeccably balanced and structured, offering layer-upon-layer of cassis, blackberry and chocolate fruit flavour, sustained by fine tannins. Winner of the Jimmy Watson trophy in 1999, and several trophies at the Barossa Valley Wine Show. An odd double success; the only surprise is it has not won more trophies. Inner quote mark (7/2011)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark The Real McCoy, from the standpoint of a massive, New World Cabernet. It's hard to tell which aroma prevails, the ultraripe cassis scent of grapes or massive oak. Ditto on the palate. Gigantic, huge mouthfeel, an Incredible Hulk of a wine, yet it's balanced. Too rich to drink now. Best to cellar for a decade and let it develop subtlety. *Cellar Selection* Inner quote mark (12/2002)

90 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark A distinctive Aussie Cabernet with impressive character. Plump and generous, a round wine with lots of black cherry, mint and root beer notes. Hints at chocolate as the flavors linger on the supple finish. (HS) Inner quote mark (9/2002)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Lovely dense fruit character here – smooth and intense and incredibly detailed. Complemented by black olive, liquorice and spice – lovely complexity and tertiary character. Fragrant, balanced, still full of life. (RH) 17.5/20 Inner quote mark (8/2016)

K&L Notes

We received a very small amount of this wine which won the famed "Jimmy Watson Trophy" for the fourth time. The trophy is given to the Best Red Wine at the Royal Melbourne Wine Show. 1998 was considered one the best vintages in Australia and this wine has the intensity and structure along with power and elegance that you'd expect from a wine of this breed.

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