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Date Printed: 8/22/2014
St Hallett Old Block Shiraz 2003
St Hallett Old Block Shiraz 2003
(search item no. 90099)
collectible wine

Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 8/22/2014: $59.95

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2004 Australian Wine Companion rating: 92 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2002 Australian Wine Companion rating: 96 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1997 International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

An acknowledged icon of the Barossa, St. Hallett Old Block is an elegant and seamless Shiraz widely recognized as world class. It is derived purely from low cropping old vines of 60 to over 100 years of age.

Color: Deep garnet red

Bouquet: The bouquet is indicative of the 2003 vintage characteristics. The dry winter delivered forward powerful aromas with expectations of a concentrated palate to follow. The bouquet has coffee mocha notes and a particularly dense mineral core, finished by an atypical cherry raspberry lift.

Palate: The hallmark of Old Block Shiraz is its elegance and while that is inherent, the 2003 vintage is showing a slightly atypical power in its youth. This will ultimately evolve to a supple yet assertive vinatge of this classic Barossa icon.

Serving suggestions: Decant the wine 2-3 hours prior to serving. Excellent with rich venison or other game dishes, powerful reduction sauces and carmelized onions and parsnips.

Cellaring: Will evolve over the next 12 years and will probably peak in 12-15 years

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About St Hallett:

As one of the founding wineries of the region and in the strength, warmth and honesty of its wines, St Hallett has come to be regarded as quintessential Barossa.

In the heart of the Barossa Valley, Australia's best known wine region, lies St Hallett, one of the country's premier wine producers. Established by the Lindner Family in 1944, for many years St Hallett's winemaking focus was, like many local wineries, on producing fortified wines. However, during the seventies and eighties, St Hallett turned to explore the true potential of the Barossa through premium table wines. This has resulted in St Hallett's status as one of Australia’s best producers.

St Hallett is renowned for crafting full-flavored, textured wines entirely from Barossa Valley fruit and is credited with producing benchmark wines of the region such as the iconic St Hallett Old Block Shiraz, made from vines aged up to 100 years old.

Winemaker and General Manager, Stuart Blackwell spearheaded the commissioning of the new winemaking facilities in 1988 and the installation of some of the world's most advanced fruit processing and handling equipment. Despite this modern approach, traditional winemaking techniques prevail at St Hallett as they are best suited to the winery's classic style.