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The Colonial Estate Shiraz Blend Barossa Valley Exile 2008

Member Review by Luscious:

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.

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The Colonial Estate:
World’s End is the culmination of over 15 years of winemaking in Saint Emilion, Bordeaux and the Barossa Valley, Australia by Jonathan Maltus and his team. To access that information please check out www.maltus.com. The 2008 vintage marks the beginning of what we hope will become a love affair between our French-inspired winemaking and viticultural approach and the beautiful landscape and te... Read more
World’s End is the culmination of over 15 years of winemaking in Saint Emilion, Bordeaux and the Barossa Valley, Australia by Jonathan Maltus and his team. To access that information please check out www.maltus.com. The 2008 vintage marks the beginning of what we hope will become a love affair between our French-inspired winemaking and viticultural approach and the beautiful landscape and terroir of the Napa Valley. Close cropping, double-sorting, lees in suspension, will be part of the norm. Read less

Member Reviews for The Colonial Estate Shiraz Blend Barossa Valley Exile

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Snooth User: Luscious
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5.00 5
Vintage: 2005 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
Vintage: 2005 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,


Snooth User: grizzer
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2.50 5
Vintage: 2005 06/22/2009

Two and a half glasses


External Reviews for The Colonial Estate Shiraz Blend Barossa Valley Exile

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2006 04/18/2015

Opaque violet. Powerfully scented nose offers an exotic array of dark berries and spices, with smoky minerals and fresh flowers adding complexity. Deep, palate-staining blackberry and mulberry flavors are sharply focused and surprisingly lithe, picking up a hint of sweet tobacco with air. A strikingly complex and seductive wine that will no doubt age but offers immense appeal now. This kept changing in the glass as I followed it over two days.


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Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2006 04/18/2015

The Colonial Estate’s two flagship wines come from their own property. The 2006 Exile was sourced from a single 140-year-old vineyard with the blend consisting of 85% Shiraz, 10% Mourvedre, and 5% Grenache. Opaque purple/black in color, it exhibits a captivating perfume of toasty oak, smoke, black pepper, truffle, blueberry pie, and blackberry liqueur. Complex, silky-textured, and nicely balanced, this layered, lengthy wine will continue to improve over the next 4–6 years and have a drinking window extending from 2013 to 2026.


External Review
Vintage: 2005 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.


External Review
Vintage: 2005 11/25/2009

RP: 90 Points WS: 90 Points


External Review
Vintage: 2005 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.


External Review
Vintage: 2005 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.


External Review
Vintage: 2005 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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<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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