St Hallett Old Block Shiraz

The diligence of the Barossa’s most attentive makers shines more in the tumultuous 2008 season than in any before it. The Barlow-Blackwell duo has tamed this voluptuous vintage, hand-carving their Old Block into a honed structure, tightrope balance and consummate control, to land an opulent wine at a tantalising 13.9% alcohol. $68 at Dan’s, $70 at WineStar.