This is quintessential Blass. A blend of varieties – Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon – with 84% and 16% respectively. A blend of regions – McLaren Vale, Barossa and the Adelaide Hills. 80% of the wine spent 12 months in oak and, although the old Blass mantra was ‘no wood, no good’, this is much more moderated and balanced than some of those oaky efforts of the past.
Nicely balanced, it is soft, plush, generous and cuddly. Black fruits, aniseed, licorice, cloves. Not formally structured, but who cares. Just a delicious red to enjoy that finishes with plums and more black fruits plus decent length. I’ll confess to an error. This is an Aldi exclusive and I thought it was cracking value for around $30. I misread. It is actually only $15. Silly money. Stock up.