A Wine for Tonight: 2007 St. Hallett Faith Shiraz

By Kori ~ April 29th, 2010.

Would you like a quick suggestion for a good wine to drink tonight (or this weekend) that won’t break your budget and is widely available? Many of our readers have said this is something they would like, so here is this week’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 Australia’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. Hallett’s wines are made entirely from Barossa Valley fruit. Winemakers Stuart Blackwell and Toby Barlow bring extensive experience to St. Hallett’s winemaking; Stuart has been the Senior Winemaker for over 35 years.

“St. 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.” –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

Reader's Comments

  1. Cork & Foil | April 29th, 2010 at 10:45 am

    Kori, I can’t believe you can get this for as little as $12, I will take your word on the 2007, but I have had the fortune of tasting the 2006 and in the UK it sells for as much as £60 a bottle (that’s $100 USD). I was in barossa only 6 months ago, some of the most chocolate-rich Shiraz I’ve ever tasted, beautiful, especially just as the sun is going down!

  2. Kori | April 29th, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    Cork & Foil,
    Wow, that’s quite a price discrepancy. Yes, we bought it for $14.50 at our local grocery store. We had a wonderful trip to Barossa 5 years ago. Can’t wait to go back. Cheers!

  3. cork & foil | May 2nd, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    I have looked into it, and it would appear you can buy the 2007 relatively inexpensively in the UK, 2006 must just be recognised as a particularly good vintage. If you do go back, its worth heading along to Clare as well!

  4. Kori | May 3rd, 2010 at 7:55 am

    Cork & Foil,
    Thanks for the update. Interesting that the price varies so much between vintages. I’d love to visit Australia again and explore even more of their wine country. Thanks for the rec. Cheers!