St Hallett, Old Block Shiraz, 2013 (Barossa Valley, South Australia)
St Hallett produce the Old Block Shiraz from selected parcels of grapes from the Barossa and Eden valleys, where only the best are selected and blended to create the Old Block Shiraz. The vines that produce the grapes must be grown from root stock that is at least 40 years old, however, in the case of the 2013, there was no rootstock under 80 years of age. Blind tasting by the winemaking team ensures that only the best quality wine goes forward for careful blending by the senior wine maker.
The resulting wine is a fabulous blend rich in colour, textures and complexity, underpinned by lingering tannins that make this an outstanding wine.
The bouquet is slightly floral, with lingering tones of black plums and dark berries with a hint of nutmeg. It has a delicately balanced palate, rich and smooth, spicy and full-bodied with dense fruit at its core and long, lingering finish. This is an impeccable wine that will cellar well for 30 years or more if stored correctly.