jamie goode's wine blog

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

I've always enjoyed Barossa winery St Hallett's relatively inexpensive Gamekeepers Reserve, which is a juicy, ripe, fruit-dominated red with a hint of meatiness and lovely purity. One of the secrets to this wine's success is that it has included a generous dollop of Portuguese grape variety Touriga Nacional. Now from the 2005 vintage St Hallett have released a varietal Touriga Nacional under the 'unearthed' label. I'm drinking it now and it is fantastic, in a modern, pure fruit sort of style. I like this wine, and it's good to see one of the wonderful Portuguese varieties perform well elsewhere.

St Hallett Unearthed Touriga Nacional 2005 Barossa
Wonderful nose: sweet, forward, intoxicating raspberry and blackberry fruit with a lovely spicy lift. Very pure and pretty. The palate has deep, smooth, slightly jammy fruit with wonderful richness and purity. There's a spicy backdrop, and very little oak evident - it's all about the pure, sweet, almost self-indulgent fruit. Quite delicious. A wine with some distinctive Barossa personality (ripe and sweetly fruited) plus some varietal character (floral and spicy). In flavour profile, it's quite like a souped up Gamekeepers Reserve. Still pretty primary, I wonder how this will develop (it's sealed with a tin-lined screwcap). Very good/excellent 92/100 (14.99 Waitrose, but will be on offer at 9.99 from 4-24 September)


At 3:30 PM, Anonymous Shon said...

I'm a big fan of the Gamekeeper's Reserve and Poacher's Blend (though not so much of the Faith Shiraz) so I'm really looking forward to trying this.

At 8:06 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

I agree - they're my favourite two wines from the St Hallett range - at least they were until I tried this Touriga - will be interested to hear your views on it.

At 8:38 AM, Anonymous Alex Lake said...

Another one from Waitrose to try! Are there good reasons that a Portuguese grape should work well in the Barossa? Do they try making a fortified wine from it?

So many wines, so little time....


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