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
Dense, spicy and vibrant, with superconcentrated, sharply delineated flavors and a bright, very long finish.
"Inky ruby color. Sexy and open on the nose, offering scents of spicy red berries, dusty minerals and fresh flowers. Deeper black and blue fruit flavors show impressive clarity and pick up chewy tannins with aeration. The fruit builds through a long, juicy finish, which leaves sappy blueberry and boysenberry behind. This is already delicious."
International Wine Cellar
"The Colonial Estate’s two flagship wines come from their own property. The 2006 Emigre is a blend of four vineyards and six grape varieties (Grenache, Shiraz, Mourvedre, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan, and Muscadelle) with yields less than one ton per acre. The complex aromas include smoke, underbrush, mineral, espresso, black cherry, and blackberry liqueur. This is followed by a full-bodied, layered, concentrated wine with spicy, savory flavors, good depth, and several years of aging potential. Drink it from 2012 to 2025.
The Wine Advocate
"This offers a distinctive black olive cast to its dark berry and cherry flavors, which linger against fine tannins on the brooding finish. Grenache, Shiraz, Mourvèdre, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignane and Muscadelle. Best from 2010 through 2014. 2,000 cases made."