Trying to decide upon the best South Australian wines when we have so many to choose from can be very difficult. But some we continue to enjoy are from the vineyards of Wolf Blass, and so today we honour his work by reviewing his 2013 Original Collection Shiraz from McLaren Vale.
We recently wrote a post titled, ‘What Cheese Should I Choose For Wine?‘ in which we highlighted certain cheese varieties, and made our recommendation for suitable wines to enjoy with each.
And as Shiraz is one of our favourite Aussie reds, we gave it a thumbs-up when tasting cheese such as Peppercorn due to its lovely cheddar texture and taste, combined of course with cracked pepper.
In truth though, Shiraz is such a versatile wine it can also be thoroughly enjoyed with Gouda, Edam and many others.
When you are tasting a quality cheese or other food, you want to always ensure you match it with an appropriate wine so as to enjoy the whole meal or tasting. For such occasions, we are happy to bring out today’s iconic Shiraz.
Wolfgang Franz Otto Blass
‘Wolf’ was born in Germany and went on to study winemaking, before finally coming to our famed Barossa Valley in South Australia in the 1960’s and starting his own winery.
By the mid-1970’s, Wolf had gained sufficient recognition to begin exporting across Australia and to the world.
Since then, their winery has won over 8,000 awards and now produces over 20 varieties of red, white and sparkling wine.
Their ‘Original Collection’ Shiraz is a delightful blend of Shiraz from quality McLaren Vale vineyards here n South Australia, and is one that will do any table proud.
It is bold and full of flavour, yet velvety and smooth. We love its abundant dark berry and red currant flavours with just enough spice to let you know you are enjoying a true Shiraz.
This type of wine has long been known as one to have with beef, but that misnomer does not do this fine wine the justice it deserves.
Whether you are planning barbecued beef, roast lamb, venison or kangaroo pie, or a hard / mature cheese like Cheddar or Blue, you will find Shiraz to be a perfect complement to the meal.
And don’t be put off when it comes to desserts either. A good Layered Chocolate Caramel Pie goes beautifully with a glass of fine Shiraz as well.
Our Score Today: 4 out of 5
We hope you found today’s Wine Review on the ‘Wolf Blass 2013 Original Collection McLaren Vale Shiraz‘ useful, or might in the future.
If you love your red wine, check out our post titled: ‘Wine Review: BLASS 2014 Barossa Black Spice Shiraz‘ – it is another pleasant Wolf Blass wine that is sure to impress anyone shopping for a nice red.
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Christine and Trevor
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Adelaide, South Australia.
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