As St Hallett’s reserve Shiraz, Blackwell is big and bold. It exudes all the power and brooding density that the Barossa has to offer in Shiraz.
The fruit is picked at full ripeness to gain optimum power and concentration of fruit flavour and a dense, inky colour. Each parcel of Shiraz is individually matched to one of a selection of American oak barrels in which the wine spends two years maturing and gaining considerable texture and power prior to release.
- SA - Barossa
- South Australia
Deep, vivid crimson-purple; has taken full advantage of everything the '12 vintage had to offer; gloriously full, but supple and velvety/juicy red and black fruits, the tannins and oak joining with the fruit on the full-bodied, perfectly balanced, palate. Rating 97 - Drink by 2042 - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion (FEB/2014)
"Blackberry, toast, dark chocolate, nougat, spice and sort of a musk and lavender perfume. Rich, ripe fine grained tannin, acid on the fresh side, but drives the wine along pretty well, and if you don’t mind a little tang in your red, it’s quite OK. Big flavour of the ripe blackberry and chocolate kind with a layer of toast and coffee oak – though in no way excessive. Silty tannin shapes up the finish. Good Blackwell. Plump, but girdled. " Rating 92 - Gary Walsh, The Wine Front (JUL/2014)
Winery Tasting Notes
This is the full bodied, flavour packed Shiraz which made Barossa famous. Named after Senior Winemaker Stuart Blackwell, it’s full of dark fruits with brooding intensity. Each parcel of Shiraz is individually matched to one of a selection of American oak barrels in which the wine spends two years maturing and gaining considerable texture and power prior to release.
Cellar carefully for eight to 12 years from vintage.
Excellent with any cut of red meat including a juicy rib-eye steak on the bone. A wine with the backbone to go well with wintry style dishes and spicy, full flavoured meats such as tender beef in blackbean sauce. After dinner, serve with an aged hard, bitey cheese such as a vintage cheddar.