St Hallett Old Block Shiraz 2004
Syrah/Shiraz from Barossa Valley, Barossa, Australia
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.
Australian Wine Companion - "Has sweet berry fruit on the fore-palate, then coasting along towards the finish; I wonder whether there were subliminal cork oxidation issues for what should have been a spectacular wine. Cork."
Wine Spectator - "Reminiscent of a big, old-fashioned California Zinfandel, with dark, ripe fruit flavors and a hint of volatility as the finish keeps ringing. Drink this with a hearty chunk of rare roast."
International Wine Cellar - "Opaque purple. Explosively perfumed bouquet of jammy cherry and blackberry, anise pastille, vanilla bean and pungent herbs. Pliant dark berry flavors offer a striking blend of depth and energy, with slow-building tannins adding an impression of structure. Nicely balanced for such an opulent wine, finishing with excellent thrust and lift. This hits pretty much every nook and cranny of the palate but shows no undue weight or lack of vivacity."
Wine & Spirits - "Named for a block of 120-year-old vines, this includes fruit from other sources as well, all 60 years or older. Full-on dark plum flavor gives a sense of fully mature grapes without any shade of overripeness. The tannins have an equally dark cocoa richness. Tangy, red- apple skin acidity stands a little apart from the wine, adding zest that may integrate with more time in bottle."
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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
About Barossa ValleyView a map of Barossa Valley wineries
The Barossa zone consists of two sections - the Barossa Valley and the Eden Valley. Wines from the Eden Valley can be labelled Barossa or Barossa Valley.
Situated just a bit east of the large city of Adelaide, Barossa is Australia's wine headquarters. Mega producers are based here, boutique wineries call it home and a majority of the habitants claim their income on the wine industry. The valley is strewn with a series of hamlets, small towns spotted throughout the region.
Barossa ValleyBarossa is red-wine territory, with red grapes consisting of about two-thirds of the region's plantings. The reds, Shiraz in particular, are lauded for their rich, concentrated flavors and aging potential. Old vines of Shiraz and Grenache are popular, many up to 80 years old. The valley is home to some of the most famous vineyards of Australia - this is where the first Penfolds Grange was made. Whites are also found, mainly from the Semillon grape – these wines are as full-bodied as the reds although harder to find. Riesling and Chardonnay are also planted.
Eden ValleyRight next to Barossa Valley, but a bit higher in elevation, Eden Valley is an ideal neighbor. Many wineries source vineyards from both areas as the climate difference in Eden Valley leads to wines of a different character. Reds are still mainly Shiraz and Grenache, but the wines are often more restrained and less dense than those in the Barossa Valley. Whites are popular here too. Eden Valley Rieslings and Semillons are particularly excellent.
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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