Wine 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%.
[ out of 5] Scribblings Rating – 86/100
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.
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