The Colonial Estate Exile Shiraz 2004 Barossa Valley South Australia

The Colonial Estate Exile Shiraz 2004 Barossa Valley South Australia

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This is great……and here’s why!
96/100 - Robert Parker
95/100 - Stephen Tanzer
95/100 - Robert Parker (2006 Vintage)
95/100 - Robert Parker (2005 Vintage)
95/100 - Robert Parker (2002 Vintage)
95/100 - Bob Campbell (2003 Vintage)
95/100 - Stephen Tanzer (2005 Vintage)
95/100 - Stephen Tanzer (2006 Vintage)

Silver - Decanter World Wine Awards (2012 Vintage)
Double Gold Trophy Winner - Best BV Shiraz - China Wine & Spirit Awards, Best Value (2012 Vintage)
Silver - AWC Vienna (2011 Vintage)
Gold - China Wine & Spirit Awards (2011 Vintage)
Double Gold - CWSA (2011 Vintage)
Gold - AWC Vienna (2010 Vintage)
Silver - New Zealand International Wine Show (2010 Vintage)
Gold - China Wine and Spirit Awards (2010 Vintage)
Silver - San Francisco International Wine Challenge (2010 Vintage)
Gold - China Wine Awards (2010 Vintage)
Silver - Royal Hobart Wine Show (2010 Vintage)
Silver - IWSC, London (2012 Vintage)
Gold - China Wine Awards (2010 Vintage)
Gold - AWC Vienna International Wine Competition (2010 Vintage)
Silver - New Zealand International Wine Competition (2010 Vintage)
Double Gold - San Francisco International Wine Show (2010 Vintage)
Gold - AWC Vienna (2009 Vintage)
Gold - Syrah Du Monde, France (2009 Vintage)
Trophy Top of Class & Gold - AWC Vienna Wine Show (2009 Vintage)
Gold - Concours Mondial Brussels Wine Show (2009 Vintage)
Silver - IWSC London (2009 Vintage)
Double Gold - China Wine and Spirit Awards, Best Value Competition (2011 Vintage)
Gold - International Wine & Spirit Competition - (2013 Vintage)
Gold - International Wine Challenge (2013 Vintage)

Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvèdre

Robert Parker - "A stunning, 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."

Stephen Tanzer - "A superb wine with a velvety texture and compelling richness and sweetness.....Dark, saturated violet. Huge, expansive bouquet of tarry blackcurrant, blueberry, blackberry, kirsch, espresso, smoked meat and exotic spices......Amazingly concentrated dark fruit flavors expand and almost overwhelm the palate, showing remarkable intensity and power. The creme de cassis and candied licorice tones fill out and gain even more weight through the finish. There are substantial tannins here but they appear to melt into the powerful flavors."

James Halliday - "The brand names of The Colonial Estate wines tell part of the story: Exile, Emigre, Exodus, Explorateur, Etranger, Envoy, Expatrie, Evangeliste and Enchanteur. It will come as no surprise, then, to find that this is a French-managed business with an extensive export program to many parts of the world including France and other European countries. Thoroughly European winemaking methods are used, most obviously being two sorting tables, one for the bunches before they pass through the de-stemmer, and another for individual berries after the de- stemming process."

The Colonial Estate is an exceptionally well regarded South Australian winery based in the Barossa. The winery, which makes 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.

Shiraz is the name given to the dark-skinned Syrah grape when grown in Australia and selected pockets of the New World. Though genetically identical, the stylistic differences between Shiraz and Syrah are usually pronounced. Shiraz is so important to Australian viticulture that it is the most planted grape variety in the majority of Australian vineyards and has become virtually synonymous with the country's wine regions, and in particular the Barossa Valley.