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St Hallett Blackwell Shiraz

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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.

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.

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St Hallett Blackwell Shiraz

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
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
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
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
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
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
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 (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

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