‘Originally from the St Hallett Old Block vineyard, this wine was first made by Robert O’Callaghan and Stuart Blackwell in 1980. To qualify for Old Block Shiraz, the vineyards must be planted on their own rootstock and be more than 50 years old. The oldest vineyard used to create the 2017 Old Block was planted in 1870 whilst the youngest 1936, with an average of close to 100 years’, Helen McCarthy, Chief Winemaker.
COLOUR - Bright and intense ruby with purple hues.
NOSE - A complex and elegant nose with dark fruits, rich dark chocolate and cinnamon spice lifting from the glass.
PALATE - A wine showing vibrancy, elegance and concentration. Satsuma plum with layers of rich dark chocolate, cinnamon, cedar oak with hints of black pepper and nutmeg. A brilliantly defined acid backbone, with a harmonious, balanced and long finish. An elegant and bold Barossa Shiraz that will age gracefully for at least twenty years.
Peak drinking - 2041+
FOOD MATCH - Dry-aged Wagyu rib-eye
97 Points - Andrew Caillard 2021
17+ Points - Jancis Robinson 1st July 2021 “…. Nicely integrated nose with real subtlety. ..Quite a charge of fifine tannins on the finish suggest this will have quite a long life.. Drink 2022 -2035”
94 Points - James Suckling 2021 - “…. A fragrant nose with aromas of mulberries, dried herbs, cedar, black pepper and baking spices. Full-bodied with fine tannins. Plush and creamy with plenty of fruit and a long,spicy finish. ”