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2013 St Hallett Blackwell Shiraz

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    RRP $44.99 per bottle

    Our Price $41.99

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    $251.94 (6 x 750ml)

    cracka review

    This wine perfectly sums up St Hallett’s tradition of making Barossa Shiraz that is regional, distinctive and delicious. This is big and bold with ripe, fruit power. It shows immense concentration, elegant tannins and offers a brooding intensity that only the Barossa can produce. This is balanced, restrained and incredibly expressive of the most famous red region in Australia. All you need to do now is find a piece of robust meat to pair it with, and go easy on the vegetables.

    expert reviews

    James Halliday (2013 Vintage) says
    Fermented for 6-8 days, 6 pumpovers per day, matured for 18 months in new and used American oak, plus 6 months in bottle. Deep crimson-purple and full-bodied, sultry dark fruits guard the door, prised ajar on the finish by pleasingly edgy tannins and a twist of oak. Sure to flourish in the years ahead.
    Drink by 2038
    95
    Campbell Mattinson (2013 Vintage) says
    St Hallett is on another winner with this 2013 Blackwell Shiraz. Dark colour with vibrant edges. Rich, cuddly, plum-soaked flavour with smoky vanilla-cream oak melted straight into the fruit. The bear comes to give you a hug. Tannin stretches through the finish; the fruit’s given just enough rein. Terrific big-flavoured Barossa red.
    2016 - 2030
    95
    Huon Hooke (2013 Vintage) says
    Very deep, dense red/purple colour. The bouquet is chocolaty and vanillan, the palate full-bodied and forceful, dense and rich and opulent, if a trifle firm in its tannins. A wine with a cellaring future. Impressive depth and amplitude. Well worth cellaring.
    2019 - 2037
    94
    James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
    Deep, vivid, crimson-purple; has taken full advantage of everything the '12 vintage had to offer; gloriously full, but supple and velvety/juicy red and black fruits, the tannins and oak joining with the fruit on the full bodied, perfectly balanced palate.
    James Halliday Wine Companion, 2014
    97
    Jeremy Oliver (2011 Vintage) says
    Stylish, fragrant and fine-grained, this medium to full-bodied shiraz has a sweet, violet-like bouquet of cassis, raspberries and fresh, lightly toasty cedar/vanilla oak laced with musky spices and a whiff of black pepper. It?s supple and smooth, with a brightly-lit presence of dark berry/plum fruit, smoky oak and mocha undertones, finishing with pleasing but not exceptional length and soft, gentle acids.
    2019-2023
    The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
    90
    Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
    Has St Hallett ever put forth a set of wines as drop-dead gorgeous as 2010? Nope. True to its name, the colour of this wine is a black well of intensity, promising something very special before you even lift the glass. The bouquet and palate deliver the same depth, throwing impressively dense black plum and black cherry fruit into a vortex of liquorice and dark chocolate. For all its proportions, there is a poise, harmony and balance to the finish, with outstanding line and length upheld by perfectly gauged, firm, finely textured tannins. A wine of class and detail that encapsulates an incredible season.
    2018-2025
    Wine Taste Special Edition 88
    95
    James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
    To 2025
    Australian Wine Companion 2013
    94
    Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
    Elegant, deeply flavoured and likely to age with pleasing complexity. Its heady, floral and briary aromas of cassis, raspberries, redcurrants and boysenberries are knit with fresh chocolate/vanilla oak and backed by a light mintiness. Long and supple, its measured, evenly fruited palate of sour-edged fruit, rather smooth and polished oak and firmish, crunchy tannins finishes with lingering flavour but lacks a little focus and tightness.
    2018-2022+
    The Australian Wine Annual 2013
    91
    Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says
    Sweet, juicy, dark berry compote, plums and rhubarb meet coconut and mocha oak. It finishes long, supple and textural, with nuances of mixed spice.
    WINE 100 Magazine - 2011
    92
    James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
    Deep purple -crimson; an outstanding vintage for Blackwell, with a wonderful mix of intense black and red berry fruits, licorice and mocha oak; good as the flavours are, so is the tapestry of the texture of the wine, finely worked and balanced
    2030
    Australian Wine Companion 2012
    96
    Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
    Finely crafted and oaked, this soft and velvety shiraz marries spicy, meaty, flavours of berries, plums and dark chocolate with creamy coconut and vanilla American oak influences. Smooth and round, it's faintly currant-like and finishes marginally lacking in emphasis.
    The Australian Wine Annual
    88
    Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
    Blackwell is the full old-school classic combination of ripe Barossa shiraz and punchy American oak. Here, there's dark black fruits, plums, some raspberry and chocolate; the oak adds cedary, sweet spiced complexity. On the palate, there's a sweep of ripe tannin and berry cola, some coconut oak flavour, vanillin and summer berries to close.
    2015
    The Good Wine Guide
    93
    Angus Hughson (2008 Vintage) says
    Very attractive, dark and red berry fruit with some spicy, earthy complexity and American oak. Dry, mid weight, soft moderate tannins, only mid weight but complex fruit with lovely balance. Finish is long with good fruit ripeness
    94
    James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
    Strong crimson-purple; a very rich, traditional full-bodied Barossa Valley shiraz, with luscious black fruits on the bouquet, augmented there as well as on the palate by 20 months in American oak; the texture is velvety, the tannins ripe. A new type of screwcap with a silicone interior.
    Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
    94
    Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2008 Vintage) says
    St Hallett's slogan is 'Grown, made and matured in the Barossa'. Sounds a little like the bleeding obvious, but there's a pride to the words that we like - and besides, a lot of wines don't stay so close to home during their making. Pretty special. It has grunt and power and balance, but as we so often say - it's the churn of tannin that really sets it apart. This is a ripsnorter. Blackberries, coal, cedarwood, smoke, deli meats and a few other things besides. Fantastic length. Fantastic structure. One taste and it instantly became a candidate for wine of the year.
    The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
    95
    Rob Geddes MW (2008 Vintage) says
    Drawn from the Seppeltfield, Greenock and Ebenezer sub regions of the Barossa, where rich, long, strong, flavours prevail. In 2008 another elegant St Hallets shiraz, with subtle oak, mainly American, leading to a tight, beautifully structured palate with very good line and acidity and fresh ripe dark blackberry fruit finishing with subtle spice flavours.
    Rob Geddes MW
    92
    Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says
    Very oaky, firm and slightly baked, it couples dark plum berry and cassis-like fruit with assertive chocolate, vanilla and cedary oak influences. It's long and spicy, with some delightful undertones of sweet juicy violet and cassis flavour, but has something of a hollowness in mid palate. Together with a faint green-edged, almost metallic aspect, it finishes quite firm but leaves the impression it is not quite complete.
    Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
    88
    James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
    Strong crimson-purple; rich and concentrated, but with no dead or confit fruit flavours; excellent texture and structure
    Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
    94
    Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2007 Vintage) says
    Massive wine but really, really good for it. It's thick with saturated, chocolatey, blackberried flavour and, from the first moment you smell it to the last, savoured drop, it satisfies in every way. There isn't even any alcohol warmth; it's all just glorious, powerful, black-wine flavour.
    The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
    94
    James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
    Delivers immediate intensity from the first sip, blackberry fruit enhanced by nuances of licorice; has tremendous vitality and thrust to the long palate and finish.
    Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
    96
    Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
    An elegant, supple and polished shiraz whose meaty, mocha-like bouquet of dark plums and blackberries, cloves and cinnamon is lifted by a whiff of white pepper. Medium in weight, its smooth, brightly lit palate of berry/plum fruit and lightly toasty vanilla oak is underpinned by fine, dusty and grainy tannins, finishing fresh and lively.
    Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
    90
    Campbell Mattinson (2006 Vintage) says
    If I wanted a big red wine to serve at a corporate lunch, I'd be begging to serve this. It's what people think of when they think of Barossan shiraz: thickly flavoured, smoothly delivered. 2006 RELEASE Much like the 2005 except gruntier and better structured. Rich dark fruit, coffee, meat and vanilla, the tide of tannin pulling right through a brightly flavoured palate. This has a long future ahead of it. DRINK 2011-2019.
    The Big Red Wine Book 2008
    93
    James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
    Perfectly ripened fruit; strong varietal character, but not at all jammy; blackberry, with notes of licorice and spice, finishing with fine-grained tannins.
    Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
    94
    Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says
    Like many 2005 shirazes, it's firm, well structured and elegant, but has a rather overcooked, meaty and currant-like nature. With plenty of smoky, meaty artefact and charry oak, its jammy expression of plums and small berries overlies spicecake-like notes of cloves and cinnamon. It's well-handled tannins are polished and pliant.
    Australian Wine Annual 2008 2007
    86
    Campbell Mattinson (2005 Vintage) says
    If I wanted a big red wine to serve at a corporate lunch, I'd be begging to serve this. It's what people think of when they think of Barossan shiraz: thickly flavoured, smoothly delivered. 2005 RELEASE If you like Barossa shiraz, you will like this. It's like a coalface of blackberry fruit flavour, the texture of it so smooth you've got two options: guzzle it, or ski down it. Coffee-cream, toast, rich, saturated plums - the flavours are all here, DRINK 2008-2014.
    The Big Red Wine Book 2008
    93
    James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
    Dense, almost opaque, purple-red; stuffed full with neatly ripened blackberry fruit in classic Barossa style; good balance of fruit, oak and tannins.
    Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
    93
    Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
    A delightful Barossa shiraz whose deep, dark and spicy aromas of plums, blackberries and redcurrants are backed by nuances of white pepper, spice and a meaty shade of fine-grained oak. Velvet smooth, luscious and seamless, It's long, gamey and dark-fruited, saturated with pristine but meaty flavours of cassis and dark plums handsomely supported by chocolate/vanilla oak and framed by a firm, cut of silky tannins.
    Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
    94
    James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
    Rich, luscious and supple but avoids jamminess/split fruit characters; blackberry and plum; ripe tannins, good oak; 14.5° alcohol.
    Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
    92
    Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says
    Smooth, elegant and approachable shiraz with a ripe, slightly jammy aroma of violets and blackcurrants, plums and raspberries, enhanced by a restrained expression of chocolate/vanilla oak and spicy nuances of cinnamon and cloves. Long and silky, its vibrant expression of dark berries and plums does reveal a currant-like aspect, but retains brightness and vitality. Supported by lightly smoky chocolate/mocha oak and a firmish, fine-grained backbone.
    Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
    93
    James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
    Medium-bodied; excellent mouthfeel and structure; bright red fruit; fine, ripe tannins; sheer pleasure.
    Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
    93
    Jeremy Oliver (2001 Vintage) says
    Meaty, dark and pruney aromas of currants, blackberries and plums with sweet chocolate and vanilla oak. Smooth, black and briary, its sumptuous palate reveals a fine depth of plush, velvet-like texture and concentrated licorice and cassis-like fruit. There's a faint suggestion of meaty over-ripeness, but the wine has plenty of richness and substance.
    Australian Wine Annual 2005 2004
    92
    James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
    Clean, fresh, fruit-forward cherry/raspberry; smooth and supple. Excellent given the vintage.
    Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
    89
    James Halliday (1999 Vintage) says
    Medium red-purple; the bouquet offers an amalgam of vanilla, earth, spice and dark fruits; the medium-bodied palate has fruit in a generally savoury spectrum, finishing with fine tannins.
    Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
    87
    James Halliday (1998 Vintage) says
    Strong red-purple; a complex array of dark fruits, licorice and vanilla on the bouquet is followed by a high-flavoured palate, showing plenty of dark fruit, and ever-so-slightly pencilly/dusty oak on the finish.
    Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
    87
    James Halliday (1996 Vintage) says
    Light to medium red-purple; the bouquet is clean but rather simple, lacking intensity. The palate, likewise, has pleasant cherry/berry fruit and nicely balanced oak and tannin. I just wish there was a bit more there.
    Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
    85
    James Halliday (1995 Vintage) says
    Medium red-purple; a smooth bouquet with touches of chocolate and earth surrounded by obvious but well-balanced and integrated vanillin oak; the palate has an extra dimension, with plum, cherry and chocolate fruit, again supported by nicely judged oak. Finishes with soft tannins.
    Australian Wine Companion 1999 1998
    88

    winemaker's notes

    This is the full bodied, flavour packed Shiraz which made Barossa famous. Named after senior winemaker Stuart Blackwell, it’s full of dark fruits with brooding intensity. Each parcel of Shiraz is individually matched to one of a selection of American oak barrels in which the wine spends two years maturing and gaining considerable texture and power prior to release.

    Nose: Notes of dark chocolate, wild blackberry and hints of clove and aniseed. There is a subtle edge of violet and raspberry as the wine opens up.

    Palate: Dark cherry adds to deep fruit characters on the palate. It's more mineral and textural than previous years and rolls nicely from fruit into spice and cracked pepper. Chalky, coating tannins provide structure and a long finish with lingering pepper.

    Food matching: Eye fillet steak.

    Peak drinking: Enjoy now or cellar until 2025.