Grape Varietal: 100% Shiraz
Growing Region: Barossa Valley, Australia
Chief Winemaker: Stuart Blackwell

As we have just hosted Stuart Blackwell here in Auckland - I thought I would revisit the current vintage of the wine which is named in his honour - designed to epitomise the classic Barossa Shiraz. St Hallett was established by the Lindner family back in 1944 - and early on they understood the importance of saving the old vines and focusing on the key varietals for the Barossa region - and in particular Shiraz.

 

Strong long-term relationships with dedicated grape growers allows St Hallett access to some of the Barossa’s most prized vineyards, with some dating back over 100 years. Stuart has been a winemaker since 1972 - and over this time has gained hands on experience and built up a deep understanding of the rich tapestry of the Barossa terroir, allowing the winemaking team to craft some of Australia’s classic red wines.
This ‘Blackwell’ Shiraz has been compared to its big brother the ‘Old Block’ Shiraz on more than a few occasions. Crafted in a different style to the ‘Old Block’ - the ‘Blackwell’ Shiraz has a bold core of generous ripe dark fruits wrapped up in confident oak. With the ability to age for several years - purposely crafted to be a generous Shiraz for early enjoyment.
The selected vineyards for the ‘Blackwell’ Shiraz range in age from 10-15 years - and are sourced from the north-west corner of the Barossa Valley. From vineyards found in the sub-regions of Ebenezer, Greenock and Seppeltsfield. Each was vinified separately and had skin contact for 6-8 days. A pump-over regime was tailored to each parcel, with around 6 pump-overs per day. Post-pressing, the wine spent 24 hours in stainless steel tanks before being transferred into oak barrels for malolactic fermentation. The oak barrels were chosen for each parcel to promote harmony and balance during the 18 months of maturation. The ‘Blackwell’ is aged in American oak - in a mixture of 1-3 year-old oak barrels resulting in a seamless integration. Then after tasting, it was rested for 6 months in bottle before release.
In your glass you will have a deep red-purple colour with a crimson hue. On the nose dark cherries and plum aromas infused with oak nuances of mocha and vanilla. This confident aroma eludes to the complexity to follow. The palate is rich and generous, showcasing an array of ripe dark fruits on the front and mid palate. The ‘Blackwell’ is big and bold, and perfectly balanced, as all good Barossa Shiraz should. This 2014 ‘Blackwell’ Shiraz has tight tannins, a dense core of black-plums, dried spices and earthy undertones. These factors extend the persistence and intensity of the wine on a lingering dry finish.
This 2014 St Hallett ‘Blackwell’ Shiraz has 14.5% Alc. Decant for 45-60 minutes - and serve in a generously shaped glass at 16-17°C. 

Big, bold and balanced, a classic Barossa Shiraz.

CELLARING POTENTIAL:
Drinking well this coming season; and will age well for another 7-8 years. 

FOOD PAIRING SUGGESTIONS:
Perfect wine pairing with roasted, grilled, bbq’d red meats, lamb shank, venison, beef-ragu, rich, earthy vegetarian dishes and aged-hard cheeses - enjoy.