Thursday, 7 May 2015

All change at the Wolf Blass cellar door

It is all change at the Wolf Blass cellar door in the Barossa Valley after a recent re-design.

Paying homage to Wolf Blass’ iconic Black Label wine, the most famous red blend in the Wolf Blass stable, the cellar door has recently created an impressive Black Label Wall, showcasing what is believed to be the world’s only collection of every Black Label vintage since the winery’s inception in 1973.
The wall is a tribute to the Black Label’s unprecedented Jimmy Watson success, Australia’s most publicised wine award.  Black Label is the only wine in the country to win the coveted trophy four times and has collected over 230 show gold medals.

For those who fancy themselves as amateur winemakers, the cellar door is offering two educational and interactive wine experiences. 


Guests can ‘Blend it like Blass’ by taking the Black Label’s regional components and then using them to blend their own version of the wine. The experience is available for $40 per person for a minimum six guests. 

If a more rustic tasting experience appeals, guests can taste ‘Black from the Barrel’. 


They taste the two individual components directly from the barrels, alongside the current vintage Black Label cabernet shiraz. This is available for $20 per person.


Black Label is a blend of fruit from across South Australia. It’s not about individual regions, vineyards or varieties, but blending the best components together. 
Over 100 different parcels of fruit are initially selected, then narrowed down. 
Predominately a blend of cabernet sauvignon and shiraz, Black Label often includes a touch of malbec or occasionally merlot. The regions vary from vintage to vintage but usually include Langhorne Creek, the Barossa and McLaren Vale. 
Adding to the cellar door’s offerings, visitors can check out a new installation of a life-sized artwork titled ‘Wolfie’. The oil and acrylic work is by one of Australia’s most recognised artists and fellow South Australian, David Bromley. 
The painting, which hangs proudly on the Black Label Wall, was created as a celebration of Wolfgang Blass’s 80th birthday. The artwork, depicting him wearing his trademark bow-tie, was entered in this year’s Archibald Prize.  

Wolf Blass is located at 97 Sturt Highway, one hour north of Adelaide. Opening hours are 10am-4.30pm daily. For more information visit www.wolfblasswines.com

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