St Hallett Higher Earth Syrah 2019
95 POINT RATED DAVE BROOKES HALLIDAY WINE COMPANION & 92 POINT RATED AARON BRASHER THE REAL REVIEW
- 95 Point Rated Dave Brookes Halliday Wine Companion
- 92 Point Rated Aaron Brasher The Real Review
- Previous Vintage 95 Point Rated The Wine Front
- 5 Red Star Rated Winery James Halliday Wine Companion
Eden Valley , South Australia
|Drink now or cellar up to 2035
A complex and powerful nose with intense blackberry and black pepper, complemented by notes of violet and graphite aromatics. A bold and tightly wound palate displaying blackberry fruits, dark cherry and black pepper. The wine has a grippy chalk-like tannin profile, with a bold, textural mid-palate and a balanced, persistent length. Both elegant and bold, this wine is enjoyable now but will improve with careful cellaring over the next decade.
The 2019 vintage was one of the driest we have experienced. Below average, winter rainfall, coupled with a dry spring and summer resulted in naturally lower yields across the vineyards. These conditions resulted in rich and concentrated wines, although low in quantity. Some of 2019’s finest Eden Valley parcels were selected from a range of Eden Valley growers. Each parcel was treated individually in the winery, with some fermented with 10% whole bunch and others wild fermented. All ferments were conducted at 26°C and left on skins up to 14 days. Maturation occurred in a mix of French oak puncheons and hogsheads (25% new with balance 1-3 years old). The wine was then matured in oak for 14-16 months, dependent on the requirements of each unique parcel.
95 Point Rated - Dave Brookes Halliday Wine Companion
I've been impressed in recent years by the quality of St Hallett's forays into the Eden Valley and their take on syrah from the higher ground. From the dry and low-yielding 2019 vintage, the picture is again one of elegance and grace. The fruit is more in the spectrum of black cherry and dark plum, with plentiful spice, purple floral high-tones and crushed-quartz tannins, impressive detail and clarity, and a finish that lingers nicely with memories of cherry and spice.
92 Point Rated - Aaron Brasher The Real Review
Lovely bright purple in the glass, vivid. Lifted aromas of blueberry, dried herbs, violets, spice and a brambly earthiness. Full of dark plummy fruit, mulberry, licorice, mint chocolate, boysenberry and sappy, cedary oak. Firm, granular tannin and bright acidity provide shape. High alcohol pokes through a touch.