The 2018 vintage was about four weeks later than the previous five. Mild temperatures through summer provided a slow and steady ramp up to vintage. March was warm, dry and ideal for ripening. Early April brought cooler than average temperatures with cool nights. These conditions proved ideal for Grenache resulting in exceptional varietal characters while retaining natural acidity and aromatics. Sourced from two vineyards these Grenache vines are old, and low yielding. It is essential to hand-pick to protect the old vines. The vineyards are dry-grown and low yielding producing grapes with great flavour depth and intensity.
Opening with flavours of bright cherry and fresh raspberry it is fresh and vibrant. Delicate flavours of spice and white pepper mingle with zesty, tart cherries and strawberries on the mid palate. Graceful and intricate with soft fine tannins the flavours build across the palate finishing with clarity and precision.
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.
JAMES HALLIDAY - HALLIDAY'S WINE COMPANION
The vines have an average age of 60 years. Hand-picked, destemmed, open-fermented, 14 days on skins, matured in used French oak for 8 months. A powerful wine with layers of red fruits, and time to go. Is full-bodied in grenache terms.