Every Poacher needs a Gamekeeper! The companion to our bright and zesty Poacher's Blend, this wine is typical of traditional Barossa red blends, melding Shiraz with Grenache. St Hallett Gamekeeper’s Shiraz Grenache - unique in its own way like Poacher's Blend - includes a tiny proportion of Touriga Nacional in the mix, giving it a floral and spice finish.
- SA - Barossa
- South Australia
Decanter (UK), 31 Oct 09 Wines of the Month "Plum and leather aromas, and a hint of spice..."
Newcastle Herald, John Lewis (Australia), 31 Oct 09 4 Stars "It is purple-tinged crimson in the glass and has sweet potpourri aromas and brings juicy raspberry flavour onto the front of the palate. Plum, anise and spearmint fruit elements combine with coconutty oak on the middle palate and lingering berry fruit and soft flinty tannins integrate at the finish."
Daily Telegraph, Jeff Collerson (Australia), 10 Oct 09 Best Drink "The pick of four new releases under the Gamekeeper's brand. Medium-bodied but warm and inviting, this has peppery spice with a whisper of licorice. The palate is soft and fruity and has a backbone of long silky tannins."
Who Weekly, Michelle Reedy (Australia), 05 Oct 09 "... The shiraz adds a spicy, peppery note to the grenache, and there's a splash of Portugal's touriga national grape for a floral touch. It's meant to be drunk fresh and vibrant, and at this price you'll probably want to hoe in to it."
WineDiva.ca (USA), 16 Jun 09 5 Stars "This luscious, well-priced blend of Barossa Shiraz and Grenache will have you clamouring for more! Gobs of juicy blueberry/raspberry aromas, fruitcake spice, toffee, chocolate, vanilla and licorice with lifted floral tones. The palate is sweet, it's supple and laden with sunripened berries and chocolate, cedar and allspice. Great acidity and the finish is smooth and lingering... "
Winery Tasting Notes
The Shiraz fruit for this wine primarily from elevated well drained vineyards sites from the cooler southern and central sections of the Barossa Valley. Whilst the Grenache is being sourced from low yielding west and north western areas of Gomersol and Greenock where the vines truly struggle to survive to produce intensely flavoured low yielding crops. Notes from the Cellar As a result of extensive trials, we now utilise different yeast strains that are suited to each parcel of fruit; our aim is to highlight the fresh berry, floral, spicy, earthy aromas contributed by the Grenache and Touriga, and use the richness and pepper spice of the Shiraz to build up palate weight and structure. The wine has also been allowed to remain in contact with the “lees,” which are the dead yeast cells post fermentation. This lees contact gives the wine a appealing textural character and savory earthiness that we find very attractive and most importantly, a food friendly attitude. Gamekeeper’s Reserve is blended and bottled in the same year as vintage. This wine is primarily a fruit driven style, consequently it has not been aged in oak barrels.