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2014 St Hallett Old Block Barossa Valley Shiraz

Barossa Valley

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Our Price: $89.99 / bottle (RRP: $110.00) Case: 6 x 750ml

'A masterpiece created from ancient vines and the continuing skilled winemaking team at St Hallett. This is elegance of the highest degree, with medium-bodied, supple red and black fruits flowing along the prodigiously long palate and aftertaste, the use of French oak the key.'
97 Points - James Halliday

  • The first Old Block was created in 1980 by Barossa icon Robert O’Callaghan from a single vineyard planted in 1912. It soon outgrew the original block to become a representation of Old Vine Shiraz from the entire Barossa region, including the elevated Eden Valley.

    With an average vine age of 88 years across its 30 vintage history, Old Block has always paid homage to the intensity, complexity and majesty of Old Vine fruit. When winemaker Stuart Blackwell took over as the Old Block custodian in the eighties, he firstly set about understanding Barossa’s most precious assets, before he looked to evolve the style of St Hallett’s flagship wine.

    While vintage variation is evident through the history of the Old Block Shiraz, the wine displays finesse and elegance, even in the most extroverted of years.

  • WINEMAKER'S NOTES

    To qualify for Old Block, fruit must come from vineyards planted on their own rootstock and in 2014 there was not a vineyard younger than 80 years of age included in the blend. Unique sites in the warmer Barossa Valley contribute a rich foundation while the adjacent higher altitude and cooler Eden Valley provides seamless tannins and lifted aromatics.

    The intensive selection process for final Old Block parcels begins in the vineyards through to regular individual barrel tasting throughout its maturation. Each batch is kept separately in stainless steel fermenters and managed by a variety of techniques, including "pumping over" and "drain and return" to enhance colour, flavour and tannin extraction from the skins.

    Alcohol : 13.7%
    pH: 3.49
    Titratable acidity: 6.7 g/L


  • REVIEWS

    'Average vine age 88 years, hand-picked, a combination of open and tank fermentation, some whole bunches included, matured in French oak. A masterpiece created from ancient vines and the continuing skilled winemaking team at St Hallett. This is elegance of the highest degree, with medium-bodied, supple red and black fruits flowing along the prodigiously long palate and aftertaste, the use of French oak the key.'
    97 Points - James Halliday



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