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August 21, 2014

Here's a duo of big-gun Aussie wines-perfect for a special late-summer dinner, or as a creative gift for that Labour Day wedding. (Why are there so many weddings on long weekends?!?!) One has some bottle age, which is a treat, because most of us don't have ideal storage conditions at home or are far too impatient to hold wines back. These rich red winners are at BC Liquor Stores, and both are ready to drink now, but they can also be cellared for another five years. By the way, our Wine Awards picks always encompass terrific value, whether it's a $15 wine that over-delivers, or a $100 one that's worth every penny.



Grey Label



Australia +190348

The maritime region of McLaren Vale is a highly distinctive place for shiraz in South Australia. More temperate than Barossa, wines from here possess elegant structure and plush fruit. First made in 1975, the Grey Label Shiraz 2010 has gorgeous, savoury black-fruit aromas and flavours, with herbal perfume and barrel spice. You'll find rich and mouth-filling blueberry and mocha flavours; polished, supple tannins; and balancing acidity from this elegant, fresh vintage. Fruit sourced from different elevations and clay-based soils adds complexity and dimension. Open and accessible now, but good for another three to five in the bottle.









Black Label



Australia +377697

This is a showstopper, and well worth the splurge. Wolf Blass wines are organized by label colour (Platinum, Black, Grey, Yellow etc.); the Black super-premium program identifies the best South Australian grapes available in a given vintage, which sculpt a serious and stately wine-just as Bordeaux does. Deep crimson in colour, the nose is toasted and complex with black currant, fennel, exotic vanilla, espresso, and leather. The palate is opulent with concentrated, savoury black fruits, mint, chocolate, and cassis. This powerful fruit character is kept structured by velvety firm tannins and seamless acidity, with a lengthy, smouldering finish. The 2007 vintage is built from 70 percent cabernet sauvignon, 22 percent shiraz, and eight percent malbec, and it will continue its bottle development for at least a decade.








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