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Michael Hall is a Shiraz specialist. With each iteration in his range, he manages to carefully coax the particular nuances of a vineyard into the glass. The Stone Well Shiraz is the more muscular wine in his Shiraz portfolio. This single vineyard wine showcases the power of Barossa Shiraz without it ever feeling 'too big'. Yes, it's a full-bodied Shiraz, but it's delivered with class. An excellent 96 points from James Halliday was awarded on this release. Barossa die-hards, this is for you.
What it Tastes Like
Deep, moody scents of blackberry jam, red plums sweet trimmings of spiced oak. It's a slick wine, all slippery with suede tannins and plump fruit. This is Barossa Shiraz at its most refined.
96 points "Destemmed, part fermented in a puncheon, part open-fermented, matured for 21 months in French oak (22% new). Has had time for its components to knit on a long, well balanced, medium-bodied wine with cherry/berry fruits, delicious spices and fine tannins." - James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion)
The Triangle Block Vineyard lies in Stone Well on the eastern edge of the Seppeltsfield sub-region. It has a gentle northerly aspect and is coloured terracotta red by the distinct, iron-rich soils over clay found in parts of the western ridge and northern Barossa. For wine nerds like me: Fair winter rains and a warm first week of September promoted early budburst. A hot summer was broken by rain in mid-february and cool temperatures thereafter. Picked on 4th March, all destemmed, fermented in closed puncheon and open fermenter. Matured for 21 months in French Oake (22% New), unfiltered.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
Drink Until: 2028
About the Producer
It is Michael Hall’s precise and methodical approach to winemaking which has made him stand out in the crowd of Barossa Valley winemakers. His wines ooze class and attention to detail. They focus on small, unique vineyards that produce high-quality fruit. No shortcuts in the winery and an unwavering commitment to quality. Classically designed wines designed to speak articulately of his region. Top shelf and highly sort after.
The Barossa has a big reputation. Big in every sense of the word. Known for producing blockbusting examples of impenetrable old vine Shiraz and Grenache envied by much of the world, it is a region that should be celebrated as the region that first put Australian wine on the map. Now, with a new generation of winemakers reinventing the region, there’s more than just power in the Barossa’s bag of tricks. With a move toward picking earlier and pulling back on oak maturation, there’s a fresher, more subtle side to Barossa wine which offers plenty to the modern Australian wine lover.
Long held up to the rest of the world as Australia’s flagship red variety, the mighty Australian Shiraz has undergone something of a renaissance over the past two decades. While our robust styles of Shiraz from powerhouse South Australian regions such as the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale may have put Australian wine on the map, Shiraz from our cooler regions are giving the variety a new look. Wines from Canberra, all parts of Victoria, the Adelaide Hills, and the Great Southern, are all delivering wines of finesse and spice set to a lighter framework. The tapestry of Australian Shiraz is richly diverse, and will only continue to develop and mature into the future.
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