St Hallett Old Block Barossa Shiraz 2017
97 POINT HALLIDAY RATED OLD BLOCK SHIRAZ FROM VINES AGED OVER 100 YEARS
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- 97 POINT RATED JAMES HALLIDAY WINE COMPANION
- 95 POINT RATED AARON BRASHER THE REAL REVIEW
- 93 POINT RATED MIKE BENNIE THE WINE FRONT
- 93 POINT RATED JAMES SUCKLING
- 5 RED STAR RATED WINERY JAMES HALLIDAY
A complex and elegant nose with dark fruits, rich dark chocolate and cinnamon spice lifting from the glass.
A wine showing vibrancy, elegance and concentration. Satsuma plum with layers of rich dark chocolate, cinnamon, cedar oak with hints of black pepper and nutmeg. A brilliantly defined acid backbone, with a harmonious, balanced and long finish. An elegant and bold Barossa Shiraz that will age gracefully for at least twenty years.
97 Point Rated - James Halliday Wine Companion
"Elegant and perfumed wine, reflecting the cool vintage to best effect. Black cherry and berry, long and supple in the mouth, with some cedary oak and finely wrought tannins. Always a classy wine, the first vintage put St Hallett on the road to where it is today."
95 Point Rated - Aaron Brasher The Real Review
"Dark and deep in the glass. Aromas of satsuma plum, black cherry, dark chocolate, coffee, cedar and spice. Full-bodied, rich, dark and mouth-filling. Mulberry, boysenberry, mocha, aromatic sweet spice and layered oak. Textured and mouth-coating tannins, bright acidity, plenty of grip and cut. A sleeper."
93 Point Rated - Mike Bennie The Wine Front
"Pretty much half-half Barossa Valley and Eden Valley fruit goes in here. Average age of vines in the wine around 100 years old, almost. Inky, plush, silky number with a little muddy grip to finish. Dark berries, plum, cola and chocolate, woody spice, nougat and new leather to sniff and sip on. Such great texture, huge concentration but also a lift and freshness in feel too. A Serious Shiraz here. Complexity to sink one’s teeth into. Maybe just a bit underpowered though? Feels just that little bit diffuse. Anyway, a darn good deep and heady red."
93 Point Rated - James Suckling
"Plenty of spice here, this shows the cooler vintage stamp, with aromas of chocolate, ripe red and dark berries, as well as violets, blueberries and cedar. The palate has ample, fleshy shape and delivers ripe red-plum and blackberry flavors. There’s a concise feel to the precise and fresh finish. A more elegant and approachable edition of Old Block. Drink or hold. Screw cap."
The 2017 growing season was cool, with fruit coming into the winery approximately four weeks later than the previous five vintages. Milder temperatures during February allowed the vines to develop richness and complexity with great texture.
Now, with the 35th vintage release, the wine has evolved from a single block into a selection of the best old vine parcels from the Barossa and Eden Valleys. Each of the parcels was harvested and fermented separately, based on their unique character. The wine was pressed off skins and transferred directly to French oak hogsheads and puncheons (25% new) for 12-18 months. Prior to blending, each barrel was assessed for balance and flavour to determine the ideal blend, creating a seamless, harmonious wine.
Barossa Valley, South Australia
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