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WTN: St. Hallett wines, Barossa

by Jay Labrador » Sat Apr 01, 2006 12:40 pm

Short notes from a tasting of St Hallett wines, Barossa.

St. Hallett Eden Valley Riesling 2004 - Pineapple and a rather odd note of olives in the mouth. Crisp, with just a touch of sweetness to keep it friendly. Refreshing. I generally don't like Oz Riesling but I will happily drink this.

Poacher's Blend Semillon/Sauvignon Blanc 2004 - A bit smoky on the nose. Slightly over ripe fruit character. Gentle wine. Some sweetness. Surprisingly long finish. Makes a good aperitif. Good enough for me.

Gamekeeper's Reserve Shiraz/Grenache 2003 - Alcoholic. Medium weight. Oaky. Bitter. Lots of fruit. Not bad but not good either. I would pass on this.

Faith Shiraz 2003 - Oaky and hot. Flavors of stewed fruit and prunes. Dry finish. I didn't like this at all.

Generally, I thought the whites presented were pleasant enough to drink if you're not looking for complexity or a serious wine. The two reds were just not my type; being too oaky and heavy for me.
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Re: TN: St. Hallett wines, Barossa

by Jay Miller » Sun Apr 02, 2006 10:40 pm

My recollection of some St. Hallet's 'Old Block' Shiraz from the mid-90s was that they were relatively restrained and rather tasty (of course that may just be fallible memory). Sorry to hear they are going the way of spoofulation.
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Spoofulation

by Jay Labrador » Mon Apr 03, 2006 2:07 am

Spoofulation. Now that's a really good word for a bad thing.

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