A short winter and warm dry spring got the growing season off to an early start with mild days. A well timed rain in mid-January brought relief to dry vineyards and rainwater tanks alike after many months of no rain. The early start and ideal ripening conditions after the rain brought on vintage at a frantic pace, with all the 2015 wines showing
abundant aromas and flavours.
Barossa Valley Shiraz yields were slightly below average, and all the wines showed good concentration, superb colour and richness.
The Fromm Family Vineyard is located at 200m elevation in the south eastern pocket near Lyndoch Township in the Barossa Valley. The vineyard site gently slopes on red brown loam soils.
The St Hallett winemaking philosophy is relatively simple - minimum intervention and maximum attention. All Shiraz vineyards are crushed and fermented separately. The Fromm vineyard parcel destined for this wine was fermented for 8 days at 22 to 24 degrees. Post fermentation the wine was matured in seasoned American and French Oak for 12 months before being blended and bottled.
A fresh and lifted nose of dark cherries, blackberries and a hint of spice. Red summer berries combine with a generous and smooth palate. The fine tannins are balanced with soft chocolate notes and an even finish.
Established in 1944, St Hallett wines have been producing Barossa Valley wines from a range of vineyard sites across the wine growing region. The winemaking team comprises of the equally passionate duo of Toby Barlow and senior winemaker Stuart Blackwell. St Hallett wines is located in Tanunda in the Barossa Valley of South Australia. The cellar door looks out over the Barossa Ranges and part of the vineyards selected for St Hallett winemaking. St Hallett uses up to 700 hectares of vines to produce the broad offering from the winemaking team. While old vine Shiraz is king, the range does flesh out with a white and red blend (Poacher’s and Gamekeepers), a Semillon and an Eden Valley Riesling. A Grenache Shiraz Touriga Nacional wine is also produced. The flagship wines are cellar worthy and show great complexity and intensity. The winery pursues a philosophy of ‘melding evolution and innovation’ seeking the best expressions of Barossa Valley fruit with an understanding of the climates and terroirs the vineyard sites occupy. Old vine, particularly Shiraz, production is revered with an emphasis on texture and integrity of flavour.