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Wolf Blass Wines, established in 1966, has grown from a humble tin shed to become one of the world’s most successful and awarded wineries. Today, Wolf Blass wines are exported to more than 50 countries and are recognised internationally as icons of modern winemaking. The essence of Wolf Blass wines is exemplified through the passion of its custodians, past and present as they continue to create wines of quality, character and consistency.
The heartland of Wolf Blass winemaking, Yellow Label has delivered exceptional quality for over 40 years through an outstanding range of South Australian wines. Bright, fruit-driven and full of flavour, Yellow Label wines pair perfectly with food, helping make any meal more of an occasion.
A delicious Chardonnay packed with enticing aromas of stone fruits following through to a medium-bodied palate with a soft, creamy texture, subtle oak and a lingering finish. Generous, yet with finesse and elegance.
Classic peach and stone fruits on the nose, with a restrained hint of oak and gun-flint.
Rich stone fruit flavours with a subtle, integrated oak character. The palate is medium-bodied with a soft, creamy texture and a lingering finish. Generous, yet with finesse and elegance.
Home to the oldest vines in the country, and no less than 18 wine growing regions, South Australia accounts for almost 50% of Australia’s wine production. The Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Langhorne Creek and Coonawarra are well known for their world class reds, with Adelaide Hills, Clare Valley and Eden Valley praised for their exceptional Chardonnay and Riesling.
The 2016 growing season was very dry, with significantly lower than average rainfall. A warm October advanced the season, resulting in early flowering, veraison and ultimately harvest. Despite this, mild February and March temperatures ensured length of ri pening was normal, with adequate time for fruit to develop. Whites show good natural acidity, and fine, fresh zingy flavours.
John's passion for the wine industry was nurtured early on by his parents, through their own interest in grape growing and determination to set up a successful boutique winery.
As John got older he went on to manage his parents' vineyard in Queensland, located 800 metres above sea level on the Great Dividing Range. For the next two years John followed the annual cycle of grape vines with keen interest, before deciding it was time to learn how to turn grapes into wine.
He enrolled in a Bachelor of Applied Science (Wine Science) at Charles Sturt University in 2003, and the following years saw John studying while working in Central Victoria, the Hunter Valley, Yarra Valley and Sonoma County in California.
Returning to Australia for vintage in 2008, he decided South Australia was where he would be best placed to continue his winemaking education, so he packed his car with all his belongings and hit the road.
John started at Wolf Blass as a Vintage Winemaker in 2009, and has been working with us ever since. The range of wine styles and winemaking options available are a constant source of inspiration to him, and help drive his determination to ensure every wine under his care is the best it can possibly be.