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Barossa Valley Estate Sparkling Shiraz 'E&e Black Pepper' 2005

Member Review by VegasOenophile:

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

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Barossa Valley Estate Ltd:
Barossa Valley Estate (BVE) was formed in 1984 by 80 third and fourth generation grape growers who took control of their destiny by forming a co-operative and produce their own wine. Combining their skills and blending their grapes from across the Barossa Valley, they rode out the hard times and built for the future. Every BVE wine is made in the reflection of our world-famous E&E Black Pepper... Read more
Barossa Valley Estate (BVE) was formed in 1984 by 80 third and fourth generation grape growers who took control of their destiny by forming a co-operative and produce their own wine. Combining their skills and blending their grapes from across the Barossa Valley, they rode out the hard times and built for the future. Every BVE wine is made in the reflection of our world-famous E&E Black Pepper Shiraz. Crafted from 100% Barossa Valley fruit our wines highlight the true expression of the richness and character of the region. In 1984, the consumption of red wine was declining. Offering handsome subsidies, the federal government urged growers to pull out their ancient Shiraz vines and replace them with Chardonnay. But there were 80 third and fourth generation Barossa Valley grape growers who refused. Stubbornness became their strength. Instead of trying to sell the grapes to winemakers for little reward, they decided to take control of their own destiny by forming a cooperative and making their own wine. Barossa Valley Estate (BVE) was formed. Read less

Member Reviews for Barossa Valley Estate Sparkling Shiraz 'E&e Black Pepper'

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Snooth User: VegasOenophile
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4.50 5
Vintage: 2003 10/18/2010

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


Snooth User: jking3702
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5.00 5
Vintage: 2003 05/03/2011

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.


Snooth User: azteng
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2003 01/26/2008

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.


Snooth User: mmalecka41
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4.50 5
Vintage: 2003 02/24/2009

Four and a half glasses


External Reviews for Barossa Valley Estate Sparkling Shiraz 'E&e Black Pepper'

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2004 07/10/2010

A Syrah wine from South Australia in Australia. 2004 Barossa Valley Estate Sparkling Shiraz E & E 750ml


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2003 05/19/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2003 05/19/2011

A puzzle. An excellent wine with an excellent reputation from an excellent vintage, but one that we felt didn't quite live up to some of its past incarnations. Has aromas of plum, raspberry, vanilla and oak, with many of the same notes reprising on the palate. As good as it is, there's something missing this year. Tasted twice; note reflects the higher score.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2003 05/19/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2003 09/27/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2003 05/19/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2003 05/19/2011

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.


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