"The sumptuous 2002 Emigré is a proprietary blend of old vine Grenache, Shiraz, Mourvèdre, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Its inky/purple color is accompanied by aromas and flavors of lead pencil shavings, blackberries, blueberries, cassis, and licorice. Although it has a fabulous texture as well as a massive palate, it is neither over the top nor hot (even though it boasts 15.5% natural alcohol). The tannin is melted, but high. While this 2002 is impossible to resist at present, it should age well for 10-12 years, possibly longer."
The Barossa Valley is a source of disparate terroirs. For Émigré the inspiration has been to embrace this and produce a wine that represents the palette of the Barossa Valley - from Greenock in the western hills to the Eden Valley in the east, taking in the valley floor.
Émigré is sourced from the Colonial-owned vineyards and is made up of old-vine Shiraz, Grenache, Mourvedre, Muscadelle, and Cabernet Sauvignon. One of the vineyards comprising Grenache and Mourvedre surround the stone built winery.
The wine is the product of diligent viticulture. Spur-pruning, canopy management, green harvesting, and handpicking all come together to produce ripe, pure bunches of grapes that are subjected to double-triage before being conveyed into new wooden vats. Oak barrels from French coopers complete the wine's formation. Final soft pressing is undertaken in an imported basket press.
The wine has a roundness and innate harmony, which belies its intensity, strength, and concentration.