The Colonial Estate Shiraz Blend Barossa Valley Exile 2005

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90 pts -Robert ParkerThere are 9,000 cases of the 2005 Explorateur Old Vines Shiraz (with 12% Cabernet Sauvignon in t...

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This full bodied blend is rich, luscious. Think of creme de cassis, dark fruits, and a tinge of chocolate. An outstanding wine for a special ocasion. Read more

round fruty and full of depth a wonderful wine for a red meat, and even after dinner with some stilton, one of my favourite wines, and everyone i h... Read more

Supple and silky in texture, with a lovely range of red plum and blackberry flavors, which linger on the plush finish, but without excess weight. D... Read more

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Snooth User: Luscious
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5.00 5
03/07/2009

This full bodied blend is rich, luscious. Think of creme de cassis, dark fruits, and a tinge of chocolate. An outstanding wine for a special ocasion.


Snooth User: hassocks
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4.00 5
02/02/2011

round fruty and full of depth a wonderful wine for a red meat, and even after dinner with some stilton, one of my favourite wines, and everyone i have given a bottle too agrees, currently on my 7th case,


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Supple and silky in texture, with a lovely range of red plum and blackberry flavors, which linger on the plush finish, but without excess weight. Drink now through 2015.


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Source: We Speak Wine
11/25/2009

RP: 90 Points WS: 90 Points


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

The blockbuster, inky/ruby/purple-hued 2005 L'Explorateur Shiraz offers sweet aromas of blackberries, white pepper, licorice, and graphite. While full-bodied, powerful, and rich, it also displays striking finesse and elegance, no doubt because of its aging in French oak. It should last for 15 or more years.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

A blend of fruit from the northern end of the Barossa, this is dark and loamy, filled with earth, spice and tobacco, but also featuring hints of meat, black olive and blueberries. The mouthfeel is lush and soft, and despite some slightly cooked fruit there's surprising freshness on the dusty finish. Drink now-2015.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Inky violet. Rich, powerful aromas of dark cherry, licorice, espresso and printer's ink. A big, dense shiraz with a serious, brooding quality to the dark fruit. Substantial dusty tannins come up with aeration, further emphasizing the wine's masculine side. Finishes with notes of sweet dark berry liqueur and licorice.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

There are 9,000 cases of the 2005 Explorateur Old Vines Shiraz (with 12% Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend). It was aged for 12 months in French oak and bottled unfiltered. Purple-colored, it displays reticent aromas of toast, scorched earth, tar, blueberry, and blackberry. Ripe and sweet, with some elegance, it has good depth, moderate tannin, and a medium-long finish. Give it 3-4 years in the cellar and drink it through 2020.


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Winemaker's Notes:

90 pts -Robert ParkerThere are 9,000 cases of the 2005 Explorateur Old Vines Shiraz (with 12% Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend). It was aged for 12 months in French oak and bottled unfiltered. Purple-colored, it displays reticent aromas of toast, scorched earth, tar, blueberry, and blackberry. Ripe and sweet, with some elegance, it has good depth, moderate tannin, and a medium-long finish. Give it 3-4 years in the cellar and drink it through 2020.

<p>This wine is a blend of Shiraz (30%), Grenache (30%), Cabernet Sauvignon (20%) Mourvedre (15%), Carignan (2.5%) and Muscadelle (2.5%). Robert Parker of The Wine Advocate notes &ldquo;spicy red and black fruits, with hints of mint and chocolate in the background.&rdquo;</p>

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