St Hallett Old Block Shiraz 2004

Originally from the St Hallett Old Block vineyard, this wine was first made by Robert O’Callaghan and Stuart Blackwell in 1980. To qualify for Old Block Shiraz, the vineyards must be planted on their own rootstock and be more than 50 years old. The oldest vineyard used to create the Old Block was planted in 1870 whilst the youngest 1936, with an average of close to 100 years
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  • Gary Walsh

    "It smells of raspberries and dark berries, aniseed, chocolate, new leather, spice and coffee – beautiful – nothing overdone. On the palate medium to full bodied with outstanding quality fruit – the flavours are of dark berry mixed with fresh pippy raspberry, licorice, chocolate and spice with an underlying dark Barossan savouriness that’s always so appealing. Smooth fine grained tannin, freshness and length of palate are hallmarks of this wine of superb balance and style. It’s so good it made me feel like rushing out and buying some. Almost."

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The Australian wine industry is the fourth-largest exporter in the world, exporting 760 million litres to countries such as the UK, France, Italy and Spain. It has been one of the most successful 'New World' wine producing countries. It has done this by formally exporting and marketing its wines as a whole, through Wine Australia. There is also a significant domestic market for Australian wines, with Australians consuming nearly 500 million litres of wine per year. The wine industry is a significant contributor to the Australian economy through production, employment, export and tourism.

Wine regions are in almost all the states with Victoria having 21 regions! Read more about key wine regions such as Margaret River, Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Eden Valley, Clare Valley, Hunter Valley, Yarra Valley and local to New South Wales, Cowra, Southern Highlands and Mudgee.

South Australia

If you like Australian wine, then you probably like South Australia wine. The rich reds produced there put Australia on the wine-making map of the world. With over 40% of the country's vineyards, South Australia can rightfully call itself the wine state.

Wines are produced in several regions throughout the state, though many are naturally grouped together, like Barossa and Eden Valleys, only 15 minutes apart. They include such regions as Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Eden Valley, Coonawarra, Adelaide Hills, Kangaroo Island, Langhorne Creek, The Limestone Coast, McLaren Vale and Wrattonbully to name but a few!

Barossa Valley boasts some of the oldest vines in Australia dating back to 1843 and produces some of the world's finest Shiraz, whilst the 'terra rossa' soils of Coonawarra is most suited to producing outstanding Cabernet Sauvignons. If you're a fan of Riesling, Clare Valley is a great place to explore and for a Maritime climate not dissimilar to parts of the Italian coastline, seek out the wines from McLaren Vale.

Barossa Valley

The Barossa Valley is about an hour and a half drive to the North of Adelaide, in South Australia and is the oldest wine region in the country, founded by German settlers. The region can be credited with putting Australian wine on the world wine map, thanks to Shiraz, which thrives in the warm climate (though Hunter Valley Semillon also contributed.)

For many years traditionalist wine makers thought the grape variety was best suited to the cooler climates of the Rhone Valley and that the variety would cook in the warmth of the Australian sun. Although South Australian Shiraz is a bigger, beefier wine than its southern French counterpart Syrah, no one can deny the region's propensity to produce world-class wines.

Not only Shiraz is cultivated in Barossa Valley, with other red varieties such as Grenache, Mourvedre (Mataro) and to a lesser extent Cabernet Sauvignon. The white varieties that thrive best seem to be Semillon, Chardonnay and Rhone varietals like viognier, Marsanne and Roussane.

The Valley has many subregions which all have unique terroirs. Seppeltsfield, Marananga, Greenock are to name but a few. With a huge number of wineries in such a small area and a host of accommodation, the region is very popular for wine tourism. In the words of Master of Wine Jancis Robinson, the Barossa Valley became "Australia's quintessential wine region."

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About the brand St Hallett

Throughout the 70 year history of St Hallett in the Barossa with a keen focus on the regions most famous grape; Shiraz, they've maintained a philosophy of ‘do it once, do it right.' That way of thinking seems to have worked as the lineup of wines produced are to be commended, from entry levels to their flagship Old Block Shiraz, which incidentally is one of the regions finest and highly regarded wines.

The winery and facilities of St Hallett are located in just south of Tanunda, located between the Para River and surrounding vineyards. Fruit is sourced from all over the Barossa Valley and neighboring Eden Valley. Their relationships with growers throughout Seppeltsfield, Greenock, Moppa, Ebenezer, Lightpass and so many more subregions means that they have access to parcels of fruit from all aspects of the valley.

The intricacies of the Barossa and Eden valley subregions means that blending and fruit selection is key to the operation. Vines up to 100 years old are used in their wines, which impart a opulence, depth and concentration that producers in cooler regions around the world can only dream of.

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