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2015 St Hallett Faith Barossa Shiraz

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It's something of an icon now is the Faith Shiraz, showcasing beautiful Barossa Valley Shiraz fruit for $20 odd. The key to this wines success is just how consistent it is - amazing reliability is the hallmark of this label.

Wine wise, the main features of the Faith Shiraz are plump Barossan Shiraz fruit flavours with chocolatey oak richness overlaying everything. Lots to like here...

Winemaker's Notes

This is the Shiraz which starts it all for many St Hallett lovers. Our Faith Shiraz is a vibrant and expressive example of Barossa Shiraz. An accessible, juicy and fruit driven wine, Faith's vibrant yet dense purple hue hints at the generosity of fruit within.

Grapes for the Faith Shiraz are sourced from vineyards across the Barossa, including Lyndoch in the south to Eden Valley in the west, providing a cross section of flavours which arise from the differences in climate and soils.

The fruit is harvested during the warmth of the day, brought to the winery, immediately crushed into stainless steel fermenters and inoculated with a neutral yeast strain. Maturation occurs in a combination of new, one, two and three year old French and American oak barrels for 12-16 months before blending and bottling.

Alc/Vol: 14%

expert reviews about

2015 St Hallett Faith Barossa Shiraz

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Deep purple-crimson; a medium- to full-bodied wine awash with red and black fruit, principally cherry, abundant ripe tannins and enough oak; has balance and length.
To 2025
Australian Wine Companion 2013
93
Nick Stock (2010 Vintage) says
This is a wine that really gives a good snapshot of the attractiveness of Barossa shiraz. There s plenty of blackberry, some redder-tinged fruits too, a little tarry nuance and a bright, fresh plum note too _ the oak is quite unobtrusive here. The palate has a terrific density and ripeness to it, flowing fleshy and soft fruit, easygoing tannins and lingering bright plum and blackberry flavour.
Now
Good Wine Guide
91
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
Charmingly smooth and soft, this old-fashioned 'Australian Burgundy' style reveals a sweet, peppery and floral fragrance whose scents of cassis, raspberries and redcurrants are lifted by fresh cedar/chocolate oak and backed by grenache-like nuances of blueberry. It's polished and creamy, gentle and brightly lit with vibrant fruit, with a firmish but very pliant backbone that finishes fruit-laden, soft and lingering.
2015-2018+
The Australian Wine Annual 2013
91
Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says
There's more than a little faith this year, blended on Easter Sunday by Toby Barlow to the tunes of Jebediah belting out through the winery. Accurate expression of a perfumed and restrained vintage.
WINE 100 Magazine - 2011 2011
91
Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
This is an approachable first-rung Barossa shiraz that has bright purple fruits from start to finish: smells of ripe blackberry and plums, with gentle leather and spicy savoury complexity. The palate's more in the red-fruit spectrum, offering medium-weight structure and plenty of bright flavoursome crunch.
The Good Wine Guide 2012
91
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Good depth to red-purple colour; attractive wine; exuberant red and black cherry fruit aromas on the bouquet lead into a juicy, spicy, medium-bodied palate; fine tannins and oak are in carefully measured support.
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
93
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Good colour; although in radically different style to Blackwell, with attractive, spice, chocolate and mocha components to its cherry and blackberry fruits; ever so slightly sweet.
90
Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says
A well-made wine from rather stressed fruit. Its dark, briary and meaty aromas of blackberry preserve and dark plums reveal a hint of currant. Forward and somewhat baked, its hollow, raisiny and currant-like palate finishes thinly fruited but firm and drying, with suggestions of blueberries, licorice and a sweet oakiness.
The Australian Wine Annual 2012
86
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2008 Vintage) says
Neither of us can look at a bottle of this without thinking of George Michael. Or Wham! Or whatever. That, mentally, is about where we are at. It's a competent, satisfying wine wit h fleshy, raspberried, blackberried flavours in good measure - without ever tripping into big red territory. Toasty oak is a minor contributor and its tannin structure is very finely set. Lightish in the way it flows across your tongue, but it's an impeccable release from St Hallett - again.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
91
Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says
Soft and ripe but lacking length and presence, this early-drinking shiraz presents a lightly spicy and peppery expression of blackberries, dark plums and cassis Coupled with cedar/vanilla and chocolate oak. It's slightly baked and forward, becoming quite lean and flat by mid palate, lacking genuine depth and emphasis of ripe fruit. Underpinned by velvet-smooth tannins, it finishes a little mineral and salty.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
84
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Bright crimson; some spicy/savoury elements among the main drivers of red and black fruits; good tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
89
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2007 Vintage) says
St Hallett is an in-form winery when it comes to reds and, while they've always been good at producing bold flavours, recently they've started making the wines a touch more complex: good from all angles. You could drink a lot of this - or you'd want to, anyway. It's one of those wines that slips down oh so easily. It's blessed with plump, plummy fruit flavour, and we love the floral fragrance - it smells almost like fresh summer apricots. It's medium- to full-bodied with sweet, juicy flavour and a chocolatey, satisfying finish.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
89
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Is quite aromatic, with spicy/leafy nuances on both bouquet and palate, framing the core of medium-bodied red fruits.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
88
Nick Stock (2006 Vintage) says
This has an additional lifted fragrant side, some tar and dark chocolate edges and nutty oak, nice complexity and elegance, light meaty edges too. The palate is simpler and more straitlaced, oak sits out to the side a little, ripe and juicy.
89
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
A pretty, early-drinking shiraz whose slightly cooked and jammy presence of sweet plums, blackberries and mulberries is backed by restrained oak, and spicy, peppery complexity. Fresh and forward, it lacks great length, finishing savoury but rather thin and dilute.
Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
87
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Deep, bright red-purple; a medium- to full-bodied, complex mix of ripe, sweet blackberry fruit, oak and soft tannins; all come together well.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
90
Ken Gargett (2005 Vintage) says
St Hallett makes more different shirazes than anyone else in the Barossa. And you're more likely to see Willie Mason take the field in a dress and high heels than find a bad wine made by these guys. It's almost a case of deciding your budget and then selecting the St Hallett shiraz that fits. This one is ripe, chocolatey and dense with rich flavours, good concentration, fine length, soft but abundant tannins and fresh acidity. What more could you want?
Don't Buy Wine Without Me 2008 2007
92
Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says
Silky and approachable, this juicy, easy-drinking shiraz has a lightly toasty and peppery aroma of blackberries, cassis, dark plums, coconut and vanilla. Supported by fine, supple and slightly bony tannin, it finishes with length of vibrant fruit and clean acids. A great quaff.
Australian Wine Annual 2008 2007
90
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Bright colour; attractive juicy berry fruits; good oak and tannin support.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
90
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
A pleasing, early-drinking soft-and juicy red that appears to have been boosted by an assertive blueberry-like grenache component. Its slightly earthy, meaty aromas of spicy and stewy dark plums, cassis, raspberries and blueberries precede a forward, and juicy palate of moderate length. Framed by fine, smooth tannins, It's brightly flavoured and persistent.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
87
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Attractive juicy plum, raspberry and blackberry aromas and flavours; subtle oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
90
Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says
A vibrant, modern expression of the old-fashioned Australian red 'burgundy' style with a spicy, meaty perfume of red cherry confiture, ripe plums, cassis and violets. Smooth and silky, it's deeply and brightly flavoured, modestly dressed in vanilla oak and framed by fine, velvet like tannins.
Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
90
Jeremy Oliver (2002 Vintage) says
Smooth, early-drinking Australian burgundy style with a violet and bubblegurn-like aroma of minty raspberry, cherry and cassis fruit. Soft and supple, it's vibrant and minty, delivering pristine and chocolatey small berry flavours framed by soft tannins and refreshing acids.
Australian Wine Annual 2005 2004
89
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Juicy red and blackberry fruits, a touch of licorice, fine tannins. Plenty happening.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
90
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Medium purple-red; clean, fresh and direct dark cherry fruit aromas and a dash of oak lead into a medium-bodied palate with good balance and focus to the ripe cherry, plum and spice flavours. Classic Barossa style, well priced.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
90
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
Bright red-purple; clean, direct and ripe black cherry fruit with slightly spicy/savoury overtones, then a light to medium-bodied palate with cherry and mint fruit, and crisp acidity. Just there; not a particularly easy vintage.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
85
James Halliday (1998 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; aromatic and quite intense cherry/berry fruit plus a coat of American oak leads into a lively juicy berry-flavoured palate. Needed a touch more barrel work, but there is nothing wrong with the base material.
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
84

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