Now this is interesting. It’s a new single-vineyard Shiraz from Barossa producer St Hallett, and it has bags of personality. It won’t be to everyone’s taste, but it’s distinctive and potentially ageworthy. Very Australian in style, but quite serious with it.
St Hallett Single Vineyard Release Dawkins Vineyard Shiraz 2009 Eden Valley, Barossa
From a single vineyard at 380 m, with grey/brown loam soils. Intensely aromatic with vivid menthol, mint and raspberry nose. The palate is very fresh and well defined with more of those mint/menthol notes as well as sweet raspberry and blackberry fruit. On the one hand, this is very sweet, ripe and Australian, while on the other it’s fresh with good acidity. There’s real substance and concentration here. It could be great with time. 92/100 (£17.99 Majestic, currently on offer at £13.99)