2010 St. Hallett "Old Block" Shiraz Barossa Valley (Elsewhere $60)

SKU #1326347 97 points Bob Campbell

 Deep, dense, dark purple colour. Impressive to look at. Concentrated black fruits, dried herbs, sage, pepper and blackberry. Very complex and stylish already. Great concentration and power, profound wine and enormously impressive. Great wine. Hints of licorice and aniseed, but very subtle and just adds extra nuances. Tremendous softness and persistence. Fantastic wine. 20% Eden Valley. (HH - Real Review)

97 points James Halliday

 The product of an outstanding Barossa vintage, 80% from the Barossa Valley, 20% from the Eden Valley, matured in 100% new French oak. Deep purple-crimson; highly expressive and multifaceted bouquet; glorious palate with endless layers of perfectly ripened black fruits ranging through blackberry and satsuma plum. Perfect ripe soft tannins, very good French oak. How can a wine so dense be so light on its feet?

93 points Wine Enthusiast

 This is a savory style of Shiraz that remains very drinkable. Despite being full-bodied, it's bright and refreshing on the palate, delivering notions of cracked pepper, sour plum and roasted meat. The long finish is simultaneously dusty and mouth-watering. Drink now-2025.

92 points Wine Spectator

 Generous, expressive and not weighty, but blooming with cherry, raspberry, clove and pepper flavors that glide smoothly through the long and harmonious finish. Drink now through 2018. 100 cases imported.

K&L Notes

Winery Notes: "An acknowledged icon of the Barossa, St Hallett Old Block is an elegant and seamless Shiraz. Derived from old vine Shiraz of 80 to 100 years of age, it is widely recognised as world class. A wine to cellar and savour. 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."

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- One of France's noblest black grape varieties, Syrah is known for its intense and distinctive perfume reminiscent of briar fruit, tar, spice and black pepper and its firm structure. One of few black grape varietals frequently vinified on its own, the best examples of Syrah come from the Northern Rhône, particularly Hermitage, but also Côte-Rôtie, Cornas, Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph. These wines are very astringent in their youth, though some Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph can be enjoyed young, relatively speaking. Given the requisite patience, though, these wines can reveal amazing complexity and secondary fruit characteristics like plum and blackcurrant as well as subtle hints of smoke and flowers. In the Southern Rhône, Syrah is used to add structure and complexity to wines dominated by Grenache and complemented by Mourvèdre, like the more immediately drinkable Côte du Rhônes, as well as the long-lived wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. In recent years, plantings of Syrah have spread throughout the Languedoc-Roussillon where it is produced on its own or blended with other varietals. Outside of France, the most important Syrah growing country is easily Australia, where it is called Shiraz. Quality levels here depend greatly on yields and geography, and the wines range from bold, fruity and easy-drinking to intense and ageable, like the famed Penfolds Grange. Often bottled on its own, in Australia Syrah is also can be blended with Grenache and Mourvèdre, as in the Southern Rhône, and is increasingly combined with Cabernet Sauvignon. Syrah has also been steadily increasing in popularity in California, thanks to a group of advocates called the Rhône Rangers. Its most successful iterations come from the Central and Sonoma Coasts, where winemakers are pushing boundaries and creating some incredible wines. In recent years Syrah has also found a number of proponents in Washington State, which is definitely a region to watch for this variety.


- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great wine regions are in the southeastern area of the continent, including Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia; Yarra Yarra Valley and Pyrenees in Victoria; and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from the land Down Under, where Riesling also enjoys international acclaim. While many equate Aussie wines with “value,” there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world.

South Australia

Specific Appellation:

Barossa Valley

Alcohol Content (%): 14.2