Tasting note: On the nose, there is a big floral lift with white pepper, dried herbs and vibrant dark fruits. Planted 1919 is beautifully balanced and elegant. It opens with fine flavours of dark fruits and dried herbs, giving way to a flinty and wet stone texture supported by a fine pure fruit line with white pepper and slate. The tannins are fine and polished, folding into layer after layer of flavour with a long even finish. It is an elegant wine with great depth and complexity that will further unfold over time.
“Limited to just 360 bottles Australia wide and 1,200 globally, this will be St Hallett’s most luxurious Shiraz ever released. Synonymous with Eden Valley fruit parcels, Planted 1919 exhibits fine flavours of dark fruits and dried herbs and gives way to a flinty and wet stone texture supported by a fine, pure fruit line,” McCarthy says.
“The most luxurious Shiraz that St Hallett has ever made.”, McCarthy says. It’s crafted from the best parcel of the vintage and Helen explains that they take pains to ensure they don’t lose the vineyard.
Since 1944, the St Hallett name has been synonymous with Barossa shiraz. With over 70 years of history in the region, the St Hallett winemaking team has built a strong reputation for crafting styles of exceptional quality that demonstrate the beauty and variability of the Barossa. With the appointment of senior winemaker Helen McCarthy in 2019, the winery's portfolio has gone from strength to strength. This year, St Hallett unveils a new vintage release that will feature the acclaimed 2016 Old Block Shiraz and the highly anticipated 2018 Blackwell Shiraz – plus three brand new, premium styles.
In 2019, Helen McCarthy joined the St Hallett team, bringing with her a wealth of knowledge and over 20 years of experience in the winemaking industry. A seasoned wine judge, awarded winemaker and recipient of the coveted Len Evans Tutorial scholarship, Helen’s love for the Barossa region made her a perfect fit for the historic South Australian winery. “
This year marks the first of the St Hallett annual vintage release program.
A new addition to St Hallett’s premium wines this year is the 2018 Higher Earth Syrah. Offering a bouquet of dark cherry and raspberry fruit with pepper characters, the inspiration for this Syrah was to showcase the unique flavours and tannins from Eden Valley, an area Helen McCarthy is particularly passionate about. Showing great promise already, the Perth Royal Show just recently awarded the 2018 Higher Earth Syrah with Gold.
Established in 1944 by the Lindner Family, St Hallett represents the very spirit and sould of winemaking in the Barossa. Over this time, it has grown and changed and reinvented itself, to achieve a rare distinction as one of Australia's most respected wine brands. From the beginning, St Hallett understood the importance of saving old vines and focusing on varieties that thrive in the Barossa region - particularly Shiraz. More than 70 years on from these humble beginnings, St Hallett has established a reputation for making wines with exceptional quality and character.