The Colonial Estate Emigre GSM 2004 Barossa Valley South Australia

The Colonial Estate Emigre GSM 2004 Barossa Valley South Australia

$69   $89

This is great……and here’s why!
94/100 - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
93/100 - Stephen Tanzer
91/100 - Wine Spectator (2006 Vintage)
91/100 - Wine Enthusiast (2005 Vintage)
96/100 - Bob Campbell (2003 Vintage)
92/100 - Wine Spectator (2002 Vintage)

Silver - International Wine Challenge (2013 Vintage)
Commended - Decanter World Wine Awards (2012 Vintage)
Commended - International Wine Challenge (2011 Vintage)
Bronze - Decanter World Wine Awards (2011 Vintage)

A Rhone-based blend of Grenache, Shiraz, and Mourvedre as well as Carignan and Cabernet Sauvignon

Robert Parker - "..exhibits a sweet perfume of graphite, black fruits, sweet cherries, licorice, smoke, and background vanillin. Full-bodied, rich, textured, and impressively long, it should drink well for 10-15 years ... minimum."

The Colonial Estate is an exceptionally well regarded South Australian winery based in the Barossa. The winery, which produces limited quantities of outstanding wines, is owned and managed by 'cult' winemaker Jonathan Maltus who made his name with St Emilion's Château Teyssier and its cult sister wines Le Dôme and Château Laforge.

The Colonial Estate is comprised of a range of vineyards throughout South Australia's Barossa Valley and Eden Valley. The winemaking team comprises of Neil Whyte, Cyril Beziat (from Château Teyssier) and Scott Hazeldine, with Gilles Pauquet consulting, as he does for Châteaux Cheval Blanc, Figeac, and Teyssier.

Shiraz is the dominant variety and the source grape of its signature wines, while Cabernet Sauvignon and the Rhône varieties Grenache and Mourvèdre are also important. The estate primarily sources fruit form the Barossa Valley and Eden Valley sub-regions. The Estate produces wine from small blocks of vineyards in the northern ‘arc’ of the Barossa, focusing on 120 year-old dry-grown vines that have never suffered from Phylloxera. When Colonial was established, it was intended to make wines in a distinctly French style.

The Barossa Valley is an extremely important wine-producing region within the Barossa zone of South Australia, particularly associated with powerful red wines from the red wine grape variety Shiraz. A prestigious and internationally renowned region, it is not only home to some of the oldest vineyards and wineries in Australia but produces some of its most recognizable and sought-after brands. A striking feature of the Barossa Valley's wine landscape is the presence of very old vines, proudly showcased on many wine labels and during vineyard tours.

Southern Rhone Red Blend refers to a wide range of grape varieties often blended together to make wines in the southern reaches of the Rhone Valley in the south of France. While the blend could theoretically consist of any of a wide range of grape varieties, it is usually made up of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre, in varying proportions, typically with Grenache and Syrah as the dominant partners.