St Hallett wines first opened in the Barossa Valley in 1944 – making this year its 70th anniversary.
Back in 1944, the Lindner family, who established the label, focused on fortified wines. 1980 was a milestone year for St Hallett – with the first vintage of Old Block Shiraz created, marking a shift to premium table wines.
Like many of their neighbours, St Hallett recognises the value of preserving old vines – some of which now are aged at over 100 years. This means that the quality of grapes in the region is excellent – and they are in demand.
St Hallett has a wonderful relationship with many fine Barossa growers – due in no small part to the charm of Chief Wine Maker Stuart Blackwell. Not only is he known as an excellent wine maker (he was voted Barossa Winemaker of the Year in 2003) he’s a top bloke as well.
Stuart first dabbled in winemaking in McLaren Vale, but fell for the Barossa and originally moved over to St Hallett in 1972, where he experimented with small-barrel fermentation for reds and increasing the use of oak for maturation.
He was lured overseas in the late 70s, and at 27 years old was charged with establishing Mukuyu wines in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). He returned to Australia in 1982 and is love of the Barossa Valley remained. He returned to St Hallett, where he is now Senior Winemaker.
To celebrate St Hallett’s 70th anniversary, Meat Market Chef Tony Moss has put together a three-course feast matched with five of St Hallett’s best! Come along and meet St Hallett’s Chief Wine Maker Stuart Blackwell. Stuart will explain the unique characteristics of Barossa Valley wines.
This is sure to be a fun, delicious and educational evening – not to be missed!
Meat Market South Wharf St Hallet’s Wine Dinner
19 August 2014
$85 per person
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