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.
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,
Two and a half glasses
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Colonial Estate, cuvees are high quality wines possessing outstanding concentration and intensity along with considerable finesse and elegance." Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, 2006. The Colonial Estate, owned by the iconic Jonathan Maltus, who shortly after purchasing Château Teyssier in St Emilion in the early ‘90s, created and released “Le Dôme”, one of the most renown “garagiste” wines from Bordeaux. In Australia, Maltus makes wines that are from handpicked, double-sorted grapes that are grown on very old vines from the Barossa and Eden Valleys. Exile is his flagship wine. It is 100% sourced from the ‘Lange’ Vineyard. This increidbly concentrated single-vineyard wine is made up of old vine Shiraz with a touch of Mourvedre and a spalsh of Muscadelle. The age of some of these vines date back to the 1800’s. The wine is made in the French fashion – low cropping aided by green harvesting, handpicking into trays, and double-triage on arrival at the winery. The wooden vats – shipped from Cognac in France -appear incongruous in their setting. The wine is picked ripe and, after vinification, poured into pure new French oak. Exile manifests itself as a rush of substance, power, flavor, and length, but with an underpinning definition and elegance. Robert Parker scored it 96 points and said: "100% new French oak-aged blend of 85% Shiraz and the rest primarily Mourvedre, it is a wine of extraordinary intensity as well as aromatic purity. Blackberry, espresso roast, scorched earth, and flower characteristics are found in this full-bodied yet elegant, well-defined effort. It should drink beautifully for 10-15 years.
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<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 “spicy red and black fruits, with hints of mint and chocolate in the background.”</p>
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