Back to the drinking!

Today is pretty sweet! made it to 10 followers! Whoo Hoo! shout out to “domestic diva, M.D.” for getting me to double digits.

So today were in Adelaide Barossa again, this time at St Halleyt’s.

St Hallett Old Block Shiraz 2006

14.5% Alc.

I have had this wine before, though I cannot recall the vintage, and remember good things about this wine. 2006 was a good year for Barossa and the Old Block Shiraz is a very iconic wine brand which holds alot of old school Cabernet and Shiraz vines, around 60-100 years old. The Old Block sits in the “Excellent” catagory of Langton’s classification and is nowadays matured in new and seasoned French oak. The older vintages is said to have been a bolder style but recent years have seen this wine become more perfumed and elegant. We shall see!

This wine retained for around $65-$85 and is highly scored by the usual suspects. Sat in the decanter for about 4-5 hours, drank with dinner and tasted after. Nose is much more perfumed than it was at dinner (where it was quite muted). Rum soaked rasins, coco and powdered milo. Extremely rich and deep purple fruits and berries, with a funkny stink I cannot put my finger on. I keep thinking lilac’s along side a farm (something gamey) with some seasme seed oil?

On the palate, the attack is thorny, quite bold and a tense battle between acidity and tannins with sour cherries. There is an attempt at a rounded mouth feel, thin and light on the palate but still trying to be silky. Has some quality aspects but not really up there to get the scores that it gets. The mid palate is more of an aciditc backbone with knitted tannins. The finish is, and stick with me here, the taste you get when you have blood in your mouth. Some metalic, some sour feelings. Its nice but short lived.

Final verdict? A nice wine, not a great wine. It has the aspects and the possibilities of a great wine but this particular bottle is not quite there for the price range. It is good though and I do recomend it. My guess is it still needs time sleeping.

Happy drinking!

Kenny

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