I haven’t participated in Wine Blogging Wednesday (WBW) in a while. Partly because I forget to check and write it down. I was on top of it this month – the topic this month is Australian wine, but more specifically from the Barossa Valley and under $30.
I have to admit and I’ve said it before I am not a big fan of Australian wines. With that being said, I have recently been turned onto some wines produced by Yulumba and have been very impressed. For this WBW I wanted to try something different from a producer I haven’t had before. Let me tell you it was slim pickings, everywhere I turned there was a bottle of Yulumba and not much else.
I did find a bottle for St. Hallett 2006 Gamekeeper’s Reserve and it stood out, so in the cart it went along with a 2010 Yulumba unoaked Chardonnay. Ok, I couldn’t resist. I’m like a kid in a candy shop when I’m in the wine store. Cost for each bottle above was $12.99
St. Hallett is located in the Barossa wine region in South Australia. It was established in 1944 and they focus on producing full-flavored textured wines from 100% Barossa fruit.
The Gamekeeper’s Reserve is made from 60% Shiraz, 32% Grenache and 8% Touriga National. The glass was filled with aromas of plum, blackberry and a hint of wood. The palate found dark berry fruit with some black cherry showing mid palate. Very fruit forward and no tannins left. The wine had a strong plummy finish with a slight hint of menthol.
I look forward to trying more Australian wines in the future.