Grape Variety: 100% Shiraz
Region: South Australia
Vinification: Each vineyard destined for Blackwell was vinified separately and had skin contact for between six and eight days. The pump over regime was tailored to the individual vineyard parcel. Post-pressing, the wine spent 24 hours in stainless steel before going to barrel for malo-lactic fermentation.
Ageing/Maturation: Barrels were matched to each parcel to promote harmony and balance during maturation. American Oak was used with a mixture of one to three year old barrels to ensure seamless integration for a 18 month maturation period.
St Hallett Blackwell Shiraz 2014
On the nose are the trademark brooding characters of Blackwell with 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. 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.
James Halliday, Wine Companion - 95 points
Campbell Mattison - 95 points
Established by the Lindner family in 1944 St Hallett’s initial focus was the production of fortified wines. The first vintage of Old Block Shiraz in 1980 and its success, accelerated a shift of focus towards the premium table wines St Hallett has become renowned for ever since. Together with other established Barossa winery families such as Rockford, Lehmann, Melton and Burge, St Hallett understood the importance of saving the old vines and focusing on the key varieties for the Barossa region – particularly Shiraz.
Strong long-term relationships with focussed and passionate growers give St Hallett access to the Barossa’s most prized vineyards with some dating back over 100 years. Over time St Hallett has built up a deep understanding of the rich tapestry of sites and climates in the Barossa and with it an appreciation of both dedicated growers and quality vines.
An unrivalled dedication to preserving the integrity of these individual growers’ parcels of fruit has always been the St Hallett philosophy. By tailoring fermentation and maturation to each parcel, we reveal the rich textures, depth and diversity of Barossa wine.