Shiraz Barossa South Australia
Barossa viticulture and great Shiraz have become synonymous throughout the world. St Hallett is committed to both, vinifying over a hundred parcels of Barossa Shiraz each vintage to assemble individual expressions of this iconic style. Winemakers and viticulturalists co-ordinate the harvest as each parcel approaches ripeness. Fruit for Gamekeeper is sourced from a patchwork of vineyards throughout the central and western sections of Barossa Valley, selected for their consistency at producing intensely flavoured, low yielding crops of the finest Shiraz.
Fruit must meet strict standards of sugar/acid ripeness and flavour development. Shiraz is harvested during the warmth of the day, brought to the winery, immediately crushed into fermenters and inoculated with a neutral yeast. A week of vinification on skins at 16°C is treated to a regimen of daily pumpovers, allowing the colour, flavour and tannins to be gently extracted from skins, adding to the overall complexity of the finished wine. Upon completion of primary ferments, the wine is drained, pressed and seeded with bacteria for malolactic. Components of Gamekeeper are sent to mature several months in a selection of seasoned French and American oak barrels before the final assemblage.
Vibrant plum red with purple hues. Inviting bouquets of complex fruits, lightly spiced oak, splendid scents of pepper and liquoric. The style is all about lush, juicy plum and cherry flavours over a dark chocolate, blackberry and vanilla framework, to create a full bodied but soft rolling Barossa Shiraz experience. Don't be shy with food matching, whatever the occasion, you're sure to love drinking Gamekeeper nearly as much as St Hallett enjoys making it.