Barossa Valley Estate E & E Black Pepper Shiraz 2003
Floral mouthful of cherry and blackberry with nice amounts of pepper. Some dark espresso. Nice polished tannin and good sense of balance. Very nice. - Tasted at Marché Bacchus 10/16/10
My 1st review added to Snooth should be one of my fav's! E & E ROCKS! Buy it, drink it, keep it: velvet in a glass. Try with chocolate and a bit of pink sea salt and let the happiness begin.
I have a few rules of thumb when blindly choosing a new wine. One thing I hold to is that great things come out of the Barossa valley, and a shiraz, most certainly. There's usually a greater emphasis on tannins that, though not at all something I seek out, is usually well presented in taste and never offers itself up in discord. Perhaps I'm simply a fan of the full, large reds, and this is definitely a great example of it. Its thick, rich fruitiness presents itself not so much in the aroma but on the palate. Less woodsy and oaky than (what I believe) to be popular among the full, rich, Californian shiraz. Beautifully long, full red color that deserves a lovely glass and gives hint to the richness you can expect upon the first taste. Not overzealous in leaning on the spicy flavors which is more characteristic of the Australian shiraz (again, this is only in my opinion) and significantly more on the vibrant fruit flavors.
Four and a half glasses
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Dark, juicy and profound, with layer upon layer of flavor seamlessly knit into a cohesive whole, offering dark berry, black cherry, exotic spice, black pepper and licorice that sail through the long, vivid finish. Has tremendous style, intensity and a long life ahead of it. Best from 2010 through 2022.
Fir tree, orange liqueur and meaty aromas; the palate offers a veneer of vanilla enveloping raspberry, plum and chocolate flavors. Not as lush as some of the older wines; feels crisp and lively in the mouth. Cranberry flavors punctuate a crisp finish.
A cooperative founded in 1985 by local growers, Barossa Valley Estate excels with Shiraz. E&E Black Pepper is the flagship wine, made only from vines 60 or more years of age. Cool weather in 2002 left some Barossa reds excessively crisp, but BVE made a classic, achieving its highest score ever; it's a profound wine with muscular tannins and intense fruit.
Dense, dark and powerful, a mightly mouthful of black pepper-scented black cherry, stewed plum and licorice flavors that echo beautifully on the long, fine-grained finish. Somehow it finds an elegant balance in the end. Best after 2005.
Are you taken in by the glow of the color, by the vast and mighty Shiraz spice, by the yum factor? Go ahead, try to be a critic, to dismiss it as a Port, to pass over the delicious flavor of berries so ripe they're falling off the vine. So what if it is ripe as a Port? It's vibrant, the alcohol is completely integrated, and the wine is delicious. The tannins are smooth as chocolate, the flavors lasting, lifted, continuing to give long after each sip. It's a luxury. Treat yourself.
Crisp and lively, a bit tart but juicy with blackberry and floral flavors echoing on the aroma and the finish. Not a huge wine, but a winner for the vintage, offering lots of fruit and depth. Drink now through 2005.
Bright, round and juicy. A gorgeous mouthful of cherry, blackberry and floral flavors, lingering on the finish with a touch of dark expresso to add interest. The tannins are polished, and the wine has a keen sense of balance, grace and harmony. Drink now through 2015.