Grape Variety: 100% Shiraz
Region: South Australia
Vinification: Each batch is kept separately in stainless steel fermenters and managed by a variety of techniques, including "pumping over" and "drain and return" to enhance colour, flavour and tannin extraction from the skins.
Cellar Potential: 30 years
St Hallett Old Block Shiraz 2013
Old Block is seamless, understated and elegant but not to be underestimated. 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.
James Suckling - 96 points
The Wine Front - 94 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.