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2016 St Hallett Poacher's White Blend

Cracka Rating

Cracka Review

St. Hallett continues to turn out this flavour-packed bargain white blend that offers real refreshment. The Sauvignon Blanc lends tropical upfront fruit, the Semillon, citrus and grassy notes and finally a splash of Eden Valley Riesling provides a taut acid backbone and some floral elements. The palate sees all these factors combine to create a mouthwatering and refreshing white that’s lively in flavour, high in value and the best thing you could pair with some fresh seafood.

Winemaker's Notes

Undeniably fresh and lifted, this unpretentious young wine is blended predominantly from Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc with a special proportion of Riesling added each vintage giving it an unusual twist and a crisp finish. This is often referred to as fruit salad in a bottle because it's loaded with lovely tropical and citrus fruit flavours.

A lifted nose of fresh fruit salad and floral aromas. Semillon provides the structure of this wine, which is filled with tropical fruits, poached pear and guava. The herbaceous lift of Sauvignon Blanc is complimented with a twist of citrus zest compliments of the Riesling.

Delicious with your Thai takeaway (Pad Thai anyone?) but also a great match with veggie lasagne and Vietnamese rice paper rolls or Sushi. Enjoy fresh oysters, yabbies or blue swimmer crab salad with this zesty wine!

Enjoy now or savour the vibrant and fresh fruit flavours and aromas up to two years after vintage.

Alc/vol: 11.0%

expert reviews about

2016 St Hallett Poacher's White Blend

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
2012
Australian Wine Companion 2012
88
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Cleverly made with very pleasant fruit salad flavours and a balanced finish
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
87
Matthew Jukes & Tyson Stelzer (2008 Vintage) says
Blimey, this is a wonderful Poacher’s and it is a far cry from the early vintages – which were trailblazers in themselves. Gosh, this business moves fast, and with superstars like St Hallett in to bat for Aussie it’s no surprise that we are doing SO well across the globe. This wine is not meant to have texture as sumptuous as this and it certainly isn’t meant to last for minutes on the finish. There is one hell of a lot of wine here for the money and if you are into ice cold, zesty, citrus and stone fruits then get hold of this brilliant quaffer. Have it on hand when you need a white with the unlikely combo of zing and depth.
Taste Food and Wine Guide 2009
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Plenty of fresh-cut fruit flavours; good line, but does shorten fractionally on the finish; well-priced.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
88
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Distinctly sweet, much more so than in prior vintages; however, attractive lemony acidity partly restores balance.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
93
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Attractive gooseberry and tropical fruit aromas; fills the mouth; brilliantly balanced; seductive. Semillon/Sauvignon Blanc.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
91
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
85
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Abundant fruit flavour, augmented by clever touch of residual sugar; a blend of semillon, riesling, colombard and sauvignon blanc.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
89
Max Allen & Peter Forrestal (2003 Vintage) says
While this fruit-salad blend, which includes semillon, sauvignon blanc and chardonnay, doesn't reach the heights of the fabulous white from the previous vintage, it is still a good wine at a fair price; lively, clean and refreshing.
Quaff 2004 2003
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Medium yellow-green; a delicious, fresh bouquet with gently sweet fruit flows through effortlessly to the light to medium-bodied, well-balanced palate, showing precisely the same characters as the bouquet. Made from the 'classic varieties', whatever that may mean.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
88
Max Allen & Peter Forrestal (1999 Vintage) says
An unusual blend of chenin blanc, semillon, riesling and sauvignon blanc—but unusual only in that these four grapes rarely share the same bottle space, as the flavours are very familiar. This is the Barossa Valley at its everyday quaffing white wine best: full of ripe, creamy, tropical flavour, very fresh, soft and round in the mouth, altogether a remarkably easy drink. We also tasted the 2000 vintage of the Poachers Blend on a number of occasions and have to report that we weren't as impressed—it lacks the fruit intensity and life of the 1999.
Quaff 2001 2000
James Halliday (1998 Vintage) says
Medium yellow-green; the tangy fruit shows bottle-developed richness. The palate has quite substantial flavours, smooth and rich; a wine which shows the Barossa Valley habit of submerging white wines in inferior American oak is not necessary.
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
85

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