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2013 St Hallett Old Block Shiraz

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Ancient vines. Sunny Barossan skies. Rich red dirt. Lots of Coopers beer.... All four of these elements combine to make this Shiraz a star. A thoroughly Barossan star at that, rich and ripe and wonderfully intense, dripping with classic flavours and silky flavours turned up to the max. Wonderful South Australian Shiraz from a top shelf producer.

Winemaker's Notes

An acknowledged icon of the Barossa, St Hallett Old Block is an elegant and seamless Shiraz. Derived from old vine Shiraz of 80 to 100 years of age, it is widely recognised as world class. A wine to cellar and savour. This wine is at the very soul of the Barossa - growers & winemakers working together to extract the very most from the ancient vines aged up to 100 years old. The wine showcases the harmony to be found between Barossa’s two valley sub-regions. A supple, sexy and textural expression of Shiraz. St Hallett's very best.

Alc/Vol: 13.7%

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2013 St Hallett Old Block Shiraz

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Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
The 30th vintage of Old Block has risen to the occasion, sitting proudly alongside the 1994 and 2008 as three of the greatest of all time. The density of the season is magnificent, layered with sour cherries, ripe berry compote, liquorice, dark chocolate and pepper. A lively fruit confidence lingers with great persistence and vibrant poise, but it will not be for at least a decade that it declares its full stature.
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
A majestic Barossa shiraz of exceptional depth, poise and structure. Steeped in spicy, wild and gamey aromas of cassis, dark plums, redcurrants and tightly knit chocolate/mocha oak, it?s lifted by heady, floral notes and backed by nuances of polished leather and treacle. Finely crafted around a fine-grained bony spine, it?s exceptionally long and elegant, presenting plush, deeply flavoured but surprisingly light-footed flavours of blackberries plums, briar and blueberries that finish long and savoury with gamey, meaty nuances.
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Fresh crimson-purple; the quality of the fruit filling the bouquet transposes directly to the medium- to full-bodied palate, in turn brimming to overflowing with luscious but not overripe fruit.The finish is the high point of the wine, bringing all the best characters together.
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
Tyson Stelzer (2008 Vintage) says
The diligence of the Barossa’s most attentive makers shines more in the tumultuous 2008 season than in any before it. The Barlow-Blackwell duo has tamed this voluptuous vintage, hand-carving their Old Block into a honed structure, tightrope balance and consummate control, to land an opulent wine at a tantalising 13.9% alcohol.
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Good depth to colour; a rich and fleshy wine, with plum, blackberry, vanillan oak and ripe, soft tannins all in harmony; will live for decades, but the impatient won't be disappointed.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Good hue; an extremely complex bouquet with black fruits, spice and licorice not common in the Barossa Valley (or previous vintages of Old Block) on both bouquet and the long, well-balanced palate.
To 2027
Australian Wine Companion 2011
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
A distinctive, savoury, deeply flavoured and more elegant expression of Barossa shiraz with plenty of rustic charm. Backed by farmyard-like undertones, its lightly smoky aromas of dark plums, raspberries, cassis and cedar/chocolate oak reveal a distinct meaty aspect that is probably enhanced by its seasoned new oak. Its smooth, vibrant palate of intense, plump fruit and vanila oak is underpinned by a deliciously tight and crunchy undercarriage of fine tannin.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Red-purple; a fragrant bouquet leads into a particularly well-balanced medium-bodied palate with lush, but not blackberry and raspberry fruit, ripe tannins and balanced oak. A welcome return to top form.jammy
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2006 Vintage) says
Walsh tasted this and straight out went: 'Cor!' He reckons it's so juicy and thick and concentrated that it tastes of barbecue sauce and smoked pork ribs, or a syrup of those things combined. It also tastes of blackberry, licorice and toasty oak, but for all its saturated flavour it still seems fresh and not too heavy. The level and type of oak flavour here aren't entirely to our liking, but there's little doubt the wine is tops.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
Campbell Mattinson (2005 Vintage) says
This is made off vines aged between sixty and 100 years. Shiraz vines like this are largely unique to Australia, hence their rarity is necessarily built into the price. 2005 RELEASE This is excellent. The punctuation of tannin through the boldness of its juicy, bright, dense fruit allows the wine to speak its quality clearly. Not a monster, but a rich, chocolaty, balanced wine of excellent structure. DRINK 2013-2022.
The Big Red Wine Book 2008
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Very good colour; excellent texture, structure and length, befitting the '02 vintage; plum, blackberry, dark chocolate and a touch of mocha oak; supple, silky and harmonious.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
James Halliday (1998 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; excellent dark cherry fruit is seamlessly woven through gently sweet oak on the bouquet; the palate has exemplary depth and structure thanks to bountiful soft tannins and positive though not aggressive oak. Up to its very best form, and has developed beautifully over the past 12 months.
Australian Wine Companion 2003

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