St Hallett Old Block Shiraz 2014

Barossa Valley
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£32.50 per bottle
50 in stock
** More stock is on route and will be available week of 19th November **
97 Points - James Halliday

Average vine age 88 years, hand-picked, a combination of open and tank fermentation, some whole bunches included, matured in French oak. A masterpiece created from ancient vines and the continuing skilled winemaking team at St Hallett. This is elegance of the highest degree, with medium-bodied, supple red and black fruits flowing along the prodigiously long palate and aftertaste, the use of French oak the key.

95 Points - Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)

For a vineyard to qualify as a contributor to St Hallett’s Old Block Shiraz it must be planted on its own rootstock and be older than 40 years old. For this 2014 release the average vine age was 87 years, with vines (across nine vineyards) raging from 1963 plantings to some planted in 1870. 38% of the grapes for this release were from the Eden Valley, “the highest we’ve ever had”, according to winemaker Toby Barlow. The wine goes into 100% French oak (for 36 months) from a wide range of coopers. It’s rich, bright and firm all at once. It’s a prime candidate for the cellar but it can certainly be enjoyed now. Dense blackberry, bright boysenberry, redcurrant and coffee grounds, aniseed and earth. It pours it all on in a measured way, everything progressing logically and well. Meticulous, immaculate, powerful and long. It’s Old Block in a very good place.

Taste & Aroma

Score:97

** More stock is on route and will be available week of 19th November **

Average vine age 88 years, hand-picked, a combination of open and tank fermentation, some whole bunches included, matured in French oak. A masterpiece created from ancient vines and the continuing skilled winemaking team at St Hallett. This is elegance of the highest degree, with medium-bodied, supple red and black fruits flowing along the prodigiously long palate and aftertaste, the use of French oak the key.

James Halliday

Producer

St Hallett

Region

Situated in South Australia, 60 kilometres northwest of Adelaide, lies the Barossa Valley which has been producing wine since 1842 and these days is recognised as Australia’s quintessential wine region. The hot climate mixed with the ironstone and sandstone soil in the valley, makes excellent growing conditions for grapes and in particular, Shiraz (or Syrah) which classically is full bodied with earthy and spicy notes. Over the last 15 years there has also been an increased interest in the other red Rhone varietals Grenache and Mourvedre. The non-irrigated old vineyards on the cooler west side of the valley are the most treasured and provide fruit for Australia’s most famous wine, Penfolds Grange among many other top-quality bottlings.

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