By Kori ~ April 29th, 2010.
Would you like a quick suggestion for a good wine to drink tonight (or this weekend) that wonâ€™t break your budget and is widely available? Many of our readers have said this is something they would like, so here is this weekâ€™s selection, the 2007 St. Hallett Faith Shiraz from the Barossa Valley of Australia.
Our selection criteria include:
- A very good Quality rating of >=3.5 stars (out of 5)
- A price tag of <=$15
- Must be widely available
The Lindner family founded St. Hallett, located in Australiaâ€™s famed Barossa Valley, in 1944. One of the founding wineries in the region, St. Hallett is named for one of the early surveyors of South Australia in the 19th century. St. Hallettâ€™s wines are made entirely from Barossa Valley fruit. Winemakers Stuart Blackwell and Toby Barlow bring extensive experience to St. Hallettâ€™s winemaking; Stuart has been the Senior Winemaker for over 35 years.
â€œSt. Hallett Faith Shiraz is an exceptionally vibrant and expressive benchmark Barossa Shiraz displaying complex ripe cherry and raspberry fruit characteristics. Its flavors are a true expression of the vintage.â€ â€“St. Hallett
This is the fourth vintage of the St. Hallett Faith Shiraz that we have tasted, and all of them have been good.
2007 St. Hallett Faith Shiraz (Barossa Valley, Australia): Deep purple in color and aromatic. Floral, red and black fruit, spice, and oak aromas come through on the nose; red and black fruit, spice, and vanilla flavors on the palate. Medium to full-bodied with crisp acidity and medium tannins. Well-balanced and smooth with a long finish.
Quality: 3.5 stars (out of 5)
QPR: 4 bangs for your buck (out of 5)
Where to buy: Fred Meyer (Seattle, Washington), $14.50; Available elsewhere, $12 to $21
Filed under: A Wine for Tonight, Australian Wine, Red Wine, Shiraz/Syrah, Wines Under $15, Wines Under $20, Wines Under $25