There are many Old Block fans out there & I confess that I am one, an have been since my first carefully squirrelled away bottle of 1992 so many years ago now. They are the kind of wines that define the Barossa – smooth, spicy fruit from old vines over 60 years old from both the Barossa Valley & Eden Valley.
The 2008 Old Block has all the hallmarks – blackberry, earthy chocolate & pepper. It has concentration & is fuller bodied than previous vintages though still retaining that long silky length. The St H winemaking team has worked hard to harvest on character & flavour and you will find this Old Block is just 13.9% making it an elegant, yet powerfully intense vintage – a little like a well suited sleeve over muscle. Enjoy it now but seriously, get a few to enjoy a long life’s journey. You will not regret it.
Date: 4th May 2011 Price: $75+ Value: $$ Drink: 5 – 10+
St Hallett 2006 Old Block Shiraz
Amazingly spicy, dark gingerbread characters with loads of cinnamon & nutmeg. Still a pup, give a few years yet to smooth out more.