Stuart Blackwell, winemaker since 1973, has evolved St Hallett’s Barossa Shiraz to icon status. Blackwell Shiraz is named in recognition of his foresight and commitment. As St Hallett’s Reserve Shiraz, Blackwell is big and bold, exuding the power & brooding density that the Barossa has to offer.
- SA - Barossa
- South Australia
"I tasted this at a lunch thingo the other week, and while hasty tasting is not my preferred method for evaluating cellar-worthy wines, it certainly takes up a lot less room and resources. This Blackwell comes from the Ebenezer, Seppeltsfield and Greenock sub-regions of the Barossa. Plenty of roast coconut oak, blackberry (nip), the perfume of lemon zest and flowers with a surprisingly juicy palate, given the brooding density the nose might suggest – it’s more cherries with fresh acidity (not too forced either) and plenty of powdery tannins. You’d think it might cellar pretty well too. Large scale, robust and full-flavoured, but not leaden. An impressive wine within its style. "Rating 94 - Gary Walsh, www.winefront.com.au (23/MAY/2011)
This sits in the middle of the plethora of shiraz that St Hallett release but that is, in many ways, damning it with faint praise. Many producers would surely be very happy to have this as their flagship making it rare value! Attractively perfumes. Has a hint of peppermint along with florals, violets, spice, chocolate and black fruits. An entrancing style. Has serious length. Fine but firm tannins. Real length but a pretty edge nonetheless. Loads of richness. Lovely violets. This is a classic, cracker Barossa shiraz. Rating 93 - Ken Gargett, www.spitbucket.com (29/JUN/2011)
... captures the power and glory of the Barossa. With fruit sourced from three Barossa sub-regions (Ebenezer, Seppeltsfield and Greenock), Blackwells resounding and elegant fruit flavours make a thundering palate impression.John Fordham, Sunday Telegraph, (15/MAY/2011)
Winery Tasting Notes
Dense, inky dark red colour with purple hues.
Intense layers of ripe raspberry and blackberry aromas with licorice and vanilla orchid after thoughts.
The opening act is all about intense, full bodied black forest cake flavours with soft texture. This opening integrates seamlessly with a pleasing grainy, chocolate like mouthfeel and some anise and mocha characters at the finale. It evokes an image and feeling of wrapping oneself in the big purple velvet curtain at the State theatre.
As our cellar manager Greg Schmidt says: “Forget Tom Cruise and the Sunday roast, you’re better off with a juicy rib eye steak and a bottle of Blackwell ."
The 2009 vintage will be an excellent cellaring wine. 8-12 yr easy and longer under good conditions.