Old Block is seamless, understated and elegant but not to be underestimated. This wine is at the very soul of the Barossa - growers & winemakers working together to extract the very most from the ancient vines aged up to 100 years old. The wine showcases the harmony to be found between Barossa’s two valley sub-regions. A supple, sexy and textural expression of Shiraz. St Hallett's best.
- SA - Barossa
- South Australia
The product of an outstanding Barossa vintage, 80% from the Barossa and 20% from the Eden Valley, and matured in 100% new French oak. Deep purple-crimson; highly expressive and multi-faceted bouquet; glorious palate with endless layers of perfectly ripened black fruits ranging through blackberry and Satsuma plum. Perfect ripe soft tannins, very good French oak. How can a wine so dense be so light on its feet? To be released July 2013. Rating 97 - Drink to 2030 - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion (MAY/2013)
The 30th vintage of Old Block has risen to the occasion, sitting proudly alongside the 1994 and 2008 as three of the greatest of all time. The density of the season is magnificent, layered with sour cherries, ripe berry compote, liquorice, dark chocolate and pepper. A lively fruit confidence lingers with great persistence and vibrant poise, but it will not be for at least a decade that it declares its full stature. Rating 96 - Drink: 2020-2035 Tyson Stelzer, Wine Taste Weekly
Winery Tasting Notes
Expressive and complex with dense purple and black fruits, dried herbs and a hint of violet lift.
Driven by dark fruits it has layers of complexity with a licorice and aniseed streak, black pepper, dark chocolate and a touch of sage. The palate is both silky and concentrated with velvety mouth coating tannins.
One of the great vintages, this wine will drink well until 2040.
Aged beef or venison.