Shiraz Barossa South Australia
Blackwell tells a story, evolution in the pursuit of excellence has been a consistent thread running through the St Hallett narrative, now recognised around the world as essential Barossa Shiraz. St Hallett has become one of Australia's most formidable labels, achieved purely through the warmth and honesty of its wines. Each year, the St Hallett team traverse the ancient viticultural precincts of Barossa Valley, in search of the requisite rich and robust, concentrated dark berry flavours, impenetrable colour and velvet tannins which are the trademark of Blackwell.
Vinification is kept simple, minimise any interventions but give the wine plenty of attention. The focus is on retaining freshness and purity of intense dark fruit expressions while managing the tannin balance of the intensely flavoured grapes. Components are treated to skin contact for a period of nine or twelve days with a pumpover regime tailored to each individual vineyard. Post pressing the wines spend twenty four hours in tank before transfer to oak for malolactic. Every barrel is matched to a specific batch of wine to promote harmony and balance whilst maturing. The program is typically American oak dominant for the richest parcels. All barrels are assessed before assembling into the final wine.
Dense, inky dark red colour with purple hues. Intense layers of ripe raspberry and blackberry aromas with licorice and vanilla orchid after thoughts. This opening integrates seamlessly with a pleasing grainy, chocolatey mouthfeel followed by anise and mocha characters at the finale. It evokes an image and feeling of wrapping oneself in the big purple velvet curtain at the state theatre. Forget Tom Cruise and the Sunday roast, you're better off with a juicy rib eye and bottle of Blackwell.