2017 St Hallett Gamekeepers Barossa Valley Shiraz Grenache Touriga

2017 St Hallett Gamekeepers Barossa Valley Shiraz Grenache Touriga

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Are you game? This Gamekeepers red is such a lovely red wine that showcases the core appeal of Barossa Shiraz and Grenache, with the underrated beauty of Touriga Nacional. And would you look at the price?

Tech stuff

14.0
Barossa Valley
2017
Screw Cap
Cellar to 2022
750ml

Light

Full

How's it taste?

The Gamekeeper's Shiraz Grenache Touriga is packed with juicy, bright fruit with a touch of spice. The spicy pepper of the Shiraz and the generous, gamey, raspberry flavours of Grenache finish with soft yet assertive tannins. The tiny proportion of Touriga Nacional in the mix gives it a floral and spice finish. A very food friendly wine, it interplays rather than dominates.

How was it made?

The 2017 vintage commenced about four weeks later than the previous five, and was coined by many as the ‘old normal’, with the first Shiraz was ready on 4th March. Mild temperatures through February provided a steady ramp-up in crushing. The 2017 vintage was preceded by a favourable season in the Barossa that allowed all vineyards to produce both strong yields and high quality, and has delivered some absolute standout wines from pedigree vineyards. Gamekeeper’s Shiraz (53%), Grenache (38%) & Touriga (9%) parcels are sourced from mostly southern Barossa Valley, with red brown loam over shale soils, perfect for highlighting fresh varietal characters.

Who made it?

Established in 1944, St Hallett wines have been producing Barossa Valley wines from a range of vineyard sites across the wine growing region. The winemaking team comprises of the equally passionate duo of Toby Barlow and senior winemaker Stuart Blackwell. St Hallett wines is located in Tanunda in the Barossa Valley of South Australia. The cellar door looks out over the Barossa Ranges and part of the vineyards selected for St Hallett winemaking. St Hallett uses up to 700 hectares of vines to produce the broad offering from the winemaking team. While old vine Shiraz is king, the range does flesh out with a white and red blend (Poacher’s and Gamekeepers), a Semillon and an Eden Valley Riesling. A Grenache Shiraz Touriga Nacional wine is also produced. The flagship wines are cellar worthy and show great complexity and intensity. The winery pursues a philosophy of ‘melding evolution and innovation’ seeking the best expressions of Barossa Valley fruit with an understanding of the climates and terroirs the vineyard sites occupy. Old vine, particularly Shiraz, production is revered with an emphasis on texture and integrity of flavour.

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