Blackwell Shiraz fruit is sourced exclusively from the north and western slopes of the Barossa Valley. These areas of the Barossa include Seppeltsfield, Marananga, Greenock and Ebenezer. Grapes sourced from these areas are from particularly low yielding vineyards producing highly concentrated fruit flavours.
Stuart Blackwell has been St Hallett winemaker since 1972 and has been fundamental in its success. This classic and rich Barossa Valley
Shiraz pays tribute to his foresight, talent and commitment.
NB: The actual bottle is 375mL
- SA - Barossa
- South Australia
"Has St Hallett ever put forth a set of wines as drop-dead gorgeous as 2010? Nope. True to its name, the colour of this wine is a black well of intensity, promising something very special before you even lift the glass. The bouquet and palate deliver the same depth, throwing impressively dense black plum and black cherry fruit into a vortex of liquorice and dark chocolate. For all its proportions, there is a poise, harmony and balance to the finish, with outstanding line and length upheld by perfectly gauged, firm, finely textured tannins. A wine of class and detail that encapsulates an incredible season."Rating 95 - Tyson Stelzer, www.tysonstelzer.com (22/FEB/2013)
"Named in honour of long-serving chief winemaker Stuart Blackwell, this is less than half the price of the top St Hallett shiraz, Old Block, but lacks little in comparison. Dense, dark, red-purple in colour, it has slight reductive, sweet, almost jammy fruit on the bouquet, with some savoury earthiness. It’s rich and deep on the palate, with plenty of fleshiness and density, but also elegance and grace, with no excesses of oak, alcohol or ripeness. Good concentration and a long, long aftertaste. Another brilliant 2010 wine, lovely to drink now with long-term cellaring potential. "
Rating 95 - Huon Hooke, Sydney Morning Herald (OCT/2012)
"There’s room for shiraz across the whole climate-induced flavour spectrum – from the edgy, white-pepper tinged New Zealand styles at the cool-climate extreme to the ripe and opulent warm-climate Barossa styles. What some cool-climate ideologists ignore, however, is the large number of drinkers wed to the richer, warmer styles and the extraordinary finessing of these styles over the last 20 years. Stuart Blackwell’s shiraz is a fine example. It’s ripe, full bodied and Barossa to the core. But it’s also vibrant and spritely on the palate, with deep, sweet fruit flavour and lovely soft tannins."Chris Shanahan, Canberra Times (23/JAN/2013)
Winery Tasting Notes
Dense, inky, dark red, with purple hues.
There are layers of intense dark fruits and notes of licorice. The power of the fruit is clearly evident on the nose.
The palate is full bodied and concentrated. The fruit characters are layered and dark with mulberry and blackcurrant. As the wine opens, velvety chocolate characters emerge and build, with integrated rolling tannins providing textural interest and structure.
Those with the patience to cellar for eight to 15 years in the right conditions will be rewarded.
Juicy steak, beef stew or hard cheeses.