Thursday, May 29, 2014

Wolf Blass 2008 President’s Selection Shiraz, South Australia

So that’s where you are, Wolf Blass! In this day of technology connectedness, there are so many devices it is hard for a wine blogger to keep track.
I had just returned from 10 days in Hawaii and wanted to do an article on this very nice Wolf Blass Shiraz. The tasting notes were in hand and my mind was formulating the write-up. All I needed was the photo to accompany the post.
First I checked my Samsung Galaxy 4, which has a very nice camera. There were photos of hula dancers, rare Hawaiian birds, the mountains of Colorado, but no Wolf Blass.
The next step was to check my wife’s camera. Lately I’ve been letting the Green Dragon take some of the “bottle shots” and she’s done a fine job. Cabling up and downloading revealed no Aussie wines.
Next up we checked my tablet. Then my wife’s tablet. It left me so desperate I decided to move on to review another wine. As I was downloading the photos from my main camera, a Fujifilm 12-megapixel Finepix, I found myself relearning an old lesson – lost things are usually found in the place they should have been in the first place.
You can see that I located my artistic Wolf Blass photo. I’m glad I found it, because this was a very nice wine – and hand gestures don’t work real well on a wine blog.
A deep ruby color with aromas of blackberry invite you to taste the wine. On the palate strong tannins come forth. The wine is rich with flavors of spice and stewed plum. Raspberry notes are interwoven in the mix.
The opening and finish of the wine were highlights but I found the mid-palate a bit flat. This is certainly a nice example of Shiraz, though, and it is produced by an iconic Australian winery.
I picked this bottle up at a fundraiser for $20. That’s a fair price and it tasted especially good knowing that I was helping a worthy cause. The missing wine has been found – and there was much rejoicing!
Rating: 3 of 5  Value: 2.5 of 5
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