The iconic producer Wolf Blass has been making some of Australia’s best, and most-awarded, wines since its inception in 1973. Early on, Wolf Blass recognized the marketing value of a range of wines in distinct tiers, from everyday to luxury. Right in the middle of the 8-tier range lies the Gold Label:
The wines created for the Gold Label range are an ever-evolving proposition: emerging varieties, groundbreaking techniques, and the most progressive regional styles are incorporated into the range as they become available. All vineyard parcels are kept separate until final blending and bottling and production levels are dictated by vintage quality. 
Wolf Blass Wines
Gold Label Shiraz Viognier 2005
Adelaide Hills, Australia
$33.99 at Everything Wine (not available at BCLS)
Beautifully bold colour in the glass with a black cherry core and a ruby/violet meniscus.
The nose is intense and Shiraz-dominated, with big, bold blackberry pie filling, cassis, wood smoke, and cured meat. The Viognier offers only a touch of a violet/floral component and hints of dried peach and apricot jam.
The palate is full-bodied and lively, with brambly berry jam, spicy sausage, cherry cola, anise, menthol and white pepper. The finish is long and sweet, with subtle tannins and good acidity. It has the structure to age longer, but must be very near its peak at this point.
I greatly enjoyed this wine with wild mushroom, herb and sherry soup, but it would also be delicious with lamb dishes, duck sausage, and other earthy, rustic fare.