Michael Hall Sang de Pigeon Shiraz 2020


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Region: Barossa Valley, SA
Grape: Shiraz
First Glance: Silky, rich, peppery spice
Acclaim: 92 points

Michael hall was originally in the business of valuating jewellery, working in his native London and in Switzerland. Wine had always been a passion, and at 40, Michael uprooted his life and career, and moved to Australia to pursue winemaking. A wine science degree later, and following a number of years working for iconic top producers both here and abroad in Burgundy and the Rhone valley, Michael now focuses entirely on his eponymous label.

The Sang de Pigeon label is Michael's entry range, but what an entry! The Shiraz is sourced entirely in the Barossa Valley, made of hand-picked from four vineyards in Stone Well, Greenock and Krondorf. 6% of the fruit was fermented as whole-bunches, the remainder destemmed to open-top fermenters. Pressed to French oak (31% new), 20 months maturation in barrel. 

The review:
92 points, Huon Hooke, The Real Review
Deep red with a rim of purple and there's a very attractive mix of red and darker fruits with black pepper and graphite to sniff. The wine is rich and well concentrated but also quite elegant, the ample tannins fine-grained and harmonious. Very smart wine, approachable already and has what it takes to age well too. Long carry. Satisfying.