St Hallett Gamekeepers Shiraz-Grenache-Touriga 2010
Rhone Red Blends from Australia
This wine is a vibrant and lively plum red with purple hues, which has become the trademark of this youthful exuberant wine. There are lifted floral aromas with generous dark cherry and violets. A spicy rose petal-like infusion from the Touriga Nacional combines to complete the sensory experience. A new world vibrant fresh array of red berry fruits and spice gives way to an old world European earthiness. The spicy pepper of the Shiraz and the generous, gamey, juice raspberry flavors of Grenache finish with soft yet assertive tannins. A judicious splash of Touriga adds lovely red rose petal spice. This is a very food friendly wine, it interplays rather than dominates.
Enjoy with antipasto, smoked meats, game or even a little roast duck – in which the Gamekeeper has been known to indulge occasionally.
Wine Spectator - "Smooth and generous, showing fine balance to the dark berry, guava and peppery flavors. Lingers pleasantly on the finish."
St Hallett Winery
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. View all St Hallett Wines
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With a landmass the size of the US, Australia has just as many appellations. Many wines are simply labeled from their state of origin. Some of these are the most popular:
New South Wales- New South Wales has a variety of smaller wine growing regions. Many wines are a blend of these smaller appellations, leading to the more encompassing designation of New South Wales.
Western Australia– A small percentage of Australia’s winemaking occurs on the West Coast. The largest Australian state, Western Australia, includes the appellations Margaret River and Great Southern.
Southeastern Australia– This appellation encompasses the states of South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria. Grapes are often trucked in from at least 2 of these states for crushing and bottling, giving the wine a more general appellation of origin. This is the broadest appellation in Australia.
About AustraliaLike the United States, which is about the same size, Australia's winemaking regions are huddled into one or two pockets of the country. The state of South Australia, which produces about 60% of the country's wine, also has the most wineries and sub-regions, including McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley. New South Wales is home to the Hunter Valley, while the smaller, southern state of Victoria is best known for theYarra Valley. Head way west to the very large state of Western Australia and you'll find the tiny region of Margaret River at the southern tip.
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2 ratings, 2 with reviewsdchall2 - Johnstown, PA14/3/2014
Disappointingmlundberg27 - Rancho Santa Fe, CA411/3/2013
- Light & Fruity
This wine tries to be many things, from a ripe cote rotie to an australian gsm. Rich raspberries assail the palate, followed by sage, underbrush, and herbaceous notes, most likely coming from the Touriga? Fairly aromatic for such a dense and heavily extracted fruit forward wine, this is not likely to appeal to most mainstream tastes. From a technical standpoint it is quite good and ready for consumption now, but it needs a good hour or two of decanting to prevent overwhelming the palate with strong flavors. If you do not like australian cote rotie (the general aromatic "style" of this wine), then it is best to avoid.
- Big & Bold
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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