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Some precious old blocks of ancient vine Grenache still remain after a government sponsored program to cull unproductive vineyards during the 1980s. Yielding excruciatingly small harvests of the most characterful fruit, these wizzened old veterans deliver small batch vintages which are evocative of the old world classics from Cotes du Rhone. The enduring Wirra Wirra were established 1894, their eclectic range belies the splendour of small parcels which are separately handled and bottled for exclusive release. The Absconder draws fruit from vines planted a century ago, it merits a breathing and decant, an articulation about the sublime excellence of old vine Australian Grenache... The compelling case for old vines grenache»
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St Hallett Butchers Cart Shiraz CONFIRM VINTAGE

Shiraz Barossa South Australia
St Hallett are an auspicious commune of ancient Barossa grower families and leading, accomplished winemakers. Established by the Lindner family during the closing days of the second world war, industrious pastoralists who would fill a horse drawn cart with daily cuts of meat for the local markets. Sourced from a coterie of superior Barossa vineyards, the Butcher's opaque purple hues hint at the generosity within, a solid and tightly structured wine, much adored for its distinctive mint and blueberry aromaticness.
Available in cartons of six
Case of 6
$233.50
Shiraz is sourced from some of the finest Barossa vineyards, sited to superior appellations such as Lyndoch in the south, Koonunga to the north and Valley Eden towards the west. Grapes are harvested throughout the warmth of day, brought to the winery, crushed into fermenters and inoculated with neutral strains of yeast. Following a regime of several pumpovers daily, batches are lightly racked, retaining a measure of the fluffier lees which add weight, texture and savouryness. Following completion of malolactic, components are assembled and treated to extended maturation in a selection of seasoned and new French and American oak barrels.
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Experience and evolution, redefining the standards of winemaking excellence while retaining the tradition of Barossa's most distinguished old vineyards

Evolution in the pursuit of excellence has been a consistent thread running through St Halletts history resulting in benchmark wines, recognised around the world as quintessential Barossa. As one of the founding wineries of the region and in the strength, warmth and honesty of its wines, St Hallett has come to be regarded as quintessential Barossa.

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In the heart of the Barossa Valley, Australia's best known wine region, lies St Hallett, one of the country's premier wine producers. Established by the Lindner Family in 1944, for many years St Halletts winemaking focus was, like many local wineries, on producing fortified wines. However during the seventies and eighties St Hallett turned to explore the true potential of the Barossa through premium table wines. This has resulted in St Hallett's elevation as one of Australia?s best producers.

St Hallett is renowned for crafting full-flavored, textured wines entirely from Barossa Valley fruit and is credited with producing benchmark wines of the region such as the iconic St Hallett Old Block Shiraz, made from vines aged up to 100 years old. St Hallett's rich heritage and ongoing commitment to Barossa Shiraz is now underpinned by extensive experience and a continuous sense of evolution, attributes personified in winemakers Stuart Blackwell and Matt Gant.

Winemaker and General Manager, Stuart Blackwell spearheaded the commissioning of the new winemaking facilities in 1988 and the installation of some of the world's most advanced fruit processing and handling equipment. Despite this modern approach, traditional winemaking techniques prevail at St Hallett as best suited to the winery's classic style.

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St Hallett's commitment to translating the tapestry of soils and meso-climates of the Barossa in each of its wines is made possible by the rich resource of old vines, long-term relationships with growers and the winemakers intuitive understanding of the Barossa.

As Senior Winemaker for over 30 years, Stuart Blackwell has developed a deep understanding of the rich tapestry of site and climatic variances in the Barossa and an appreciation of the importance of both dedicated growers and old vine Shiraz. Strong long-term relationships with focussed and passionate growers give St Hallett access to the Barossa's most prized old vine Shiraz vineyards dating back 60 to over 100 years of age. St Hallett also partners growers to nurture Shiraz on other sites which have unique qualities and comparable long-term potential.

Taking on the reins of evolution, Winemaker Matt Gant seeks to honour this patchwork of differences in vine age, climate and site, by avidly picking and keeping separate over 200 different parcels of Shiraz each vintage. Fermentation and most particularly maturation are then meticulously tailored to suit each parcel.

The diversity of these parcels allows the team to constantly evolve and adapt techniques not only from vintage to vintage but also parcel by parcel and is ultimately critical to the complexity and differentiation of St Hallett's three expressions of Barossa Shiraz, Faith, Blackwell and Old Block.

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