Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Gamekeepers Reserve 2008 (St. Hallett, Barossa Valley)

Tasted 20/06/2012, 14% ABV, screwcap closure, about £8 UK retail. This wine illustrates two points: 1. many wines, even commercial ones, benefit from a year or two of age, and 2. paying a few pounds more for an 'everyday' wine reaps rewards.
St. Hallett is a very well regarded producer, make lovely wines under their own label at all price points and also do a lot of badged wines for retailers - e.g Waitrose or M&S in the UK.
This wine is excellent vfm. Blend of shirz, grenache and the Portuguese grape Touriga (a hybrid in Aus, I believe). Deep purple colour, 4 years old now and just right. Lovely pimento, oregano and coffee on the nose, dark fruits and toffee on the palate. Drink now, 16/20

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