Warmth, honesty and integrity are a way of life at St Hallett, and our tight-knit crew of winemakers best exemplify the St Hallett spirit.
The winemaking team’s extensive experience, continuous sense of evolution, respect for the Barossa region and St Hallett’s rich Barossa heritage, underpins the quality and integrity of St Hallett wine.
Helen McCarthy, Senior Winemaker
Helen was born in England and moved with her family to Australia in 1988.
In 1997, Helen took a leap of faith and enrolled in a winemaking degree at the University of Adelaide. On completion of her degree, Helen set about gaining invaluable experience with wineries such as Lindemans, Wynns, Seppelts and Penfolds.
In 2003, Helen’s passion for Riesling saw her make a move to work in Clare Valley (but still lived in the Barossa). During her time at Taylors Wines she was awarded the Gourmet Traveller Kemeny’s Medal for Young Winemaker of the Year and was awarded People’s Choice Wine Society Young Winemaker of the year. She also won a scholarship to participate in the prestigious Len Evans Tutorial and was part of the Wine Industry Future Leaders Program. She also commenced a wine judging career that has seen Helen be involved in countless numbers of wine shows.
The calling of the Barossa became too strong and saw Helen return to a Barossa winery at the end of 2011. It was during her time at Thorn-Clarke Wines that Helen’s passion for the Barossa but particularly Eden Valley was cemented. While working at Thorn-Clarke, Helen was awarded both the Peer and Consumer The Wine Society Young Winemaker of the Year. Many of her wines were recognised both domestically and internationally. Helen also completed a Master of Business Administration in Sustainable Business during this period.
In 2015 Helen became the custodian of the Eden Valley icon Mountadam Vineyards. Her passion for Eden Valley was again deepened.
Helen joined St Hallett in 2019 and is looking forward to working with fruit grown all over the Barossa but is particularly excited to once again be working with Eden Valley fruit.
Stuart Blackwell, Brand Ambassador
Stuart Blackwell’s winemaking career spans more than four decades, two continents and four regions.
The consistency, reliability and diversity of the Barossa’s grapes and the availability of old vine fruit lured him to stay in the world-famous region.
Following a stint in McLaren Vale, Stuart first joined St Hallett in 1972 in an era when fortified wine was king.
In 1975 Stuart travelled to South Africa to diversify his winemaking experience. A three-year sabbatical turned into a seven-year stint in Africa where he established a winery in Zimbawe (known then as Rhodesia) and met his wife Faith.
He returned to Australia and St Hallett in 1984 and has fulfilled many roles at the winery including General Manager, Chief Winemaker and Head Greenkeeper.
During this time he has overseen a shift to table wine and has established St Hallett as one of the Barossa’s most iconic producers of Shiraz and Riesling.
Stuart’s wines have received many accolades in domestic and international wine shows throughout his career and he was recognised as ‘Barossa Winemaker of the year’ by his peers in 2003 and became a Baron of the Barossa in the same year.
Stuart cites the evolution in style and quality of St Hallett wines and the broad distribution into some of the world’s finest restaurants as his proudest achievements.
The pedigree and esteem of Old Block shiraz and Blackwell Shiraz are a testament to his abilities and commitment to the Barossa and St Hallett.