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St Hallet Poacher's Blend Semillon Sauvignon Riesling, 2007, Barossa, AustraliaThree grapes Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling. All of which you can detect in the wine. Individually. Which is a criticism as the wine was not a ‘sum of its parts’- disjointed, rambling, and unformed. Planning on it improving with age I doubt would help either.
But it has a saving. It was rather excellent with a salmon tart!



White Wine Review/Tasting NoteWine Tasting Note: St Hallet Poacher’s Blend, 2007, Barossa Valley, Australia.
Stockist: Waitrose Price: £7.99 [More: Adegga / Snooth]
Fresh, distinctive, disjointed. Joyous though when partnered with food – in this instance a warm Salmon Tart. The wines crispness cutting through the rich pastry, and matching the egg component face to face (eggs being a tricky when matched with wine). The Sauvignon component, of course, went well with the Salmon with the fuller Semillon revelling in the harmony with the herbs and the spinach. Alcohol 11.5%.
Scribblings Rating – 86/100 [3.25 out of 5]

The background to the blend is interesting – the wine is bottled just four months after vintage with the Semillon picked at three different ripeness levels. Part adds natural acidity (the Riesling and Sauvignon obviously not sufficient), the mid-pick supplies an ‘herbaceous lift’ in support of the Sauvignon and the fully ripe portion adds mouth-feel and richer grapefruit flavours. Their website fails to give details of the actual percentage components in the blend – anal I realise but something I find fascinating – which is a shame.

3 Comments »

  1. Dylan says:

    That is wine’s saving grace. Though some may not be amazing on their own, the complement they bring to food can make it your number one in that situation.
    Long live the equation; 1+1=3

  2. Andrew says:

    So true Dylan; many though drink wine without food these days hence the popularity of Aussie wines – so a surprise to discover this one was better with food.

  3. Andrew Roper says:

    Looks all very nice and rustic, but really St Hallet lost it for me when they blobbed with one of the big conglomerates! Stick to what you did best when Ted Buck was around buddies!
    This wine is a shambles, no wonder why they don’t say too much about it on their sites. My advice – Try a white from Beechworth, Margaret River or even better still Tassie!

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